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And partly because "Sanditon" is a difficult word to say. every single person looks at me in confusion. it was with the idea to include even more of the audience interaction that we built into LBD. I hope that Katharine's work becomes a useful and fun resource for those of you who want to take part in our new show. there are a minuscule amount of people familiar with "Sanditon". an identity and a family much different from the Heywoods. The biggest change we've made is that we've replaced "Sanditon"'s protagonist Charlotte Heywood with LBD's Gigi Darcy. much less read it. Which requires us to take her in some different directions.FOREWORD BY JAY BUSHMAN Welcome to Sanditon: When I tell people that our follow-up to The Lizzie Bennet Diaries is based on Austen's "Sanditon". But the challenge we face is that. Me included. but using Austen's framework as a jumping-off point. many people think it's "Sandition". compared to Pride and Prejudice. Many people have been confused by the different completions attempted by other authors. When we announced Welcome to Sanditon as our next project. 4 . Gigi brings with her a backstory. If nothing else. To those of you who are Austen purists. And so I was thrilled to see Katharine talking on Twitter about making a new ebook version of the original Austen text. You will recognize the characters but they will have become very. But through this e-book. It’s so tempting to put that extra "I" in. As I write this. or by differing editions of the unfinished manuscript. very different. Partly because very few people have ever heard of "Sanditon". We are not making a very faithful adaptation. we are just about to announce the show’s May 13th launch date. a lively. it should enable you to see all the places where we've drastically changed things from the original. perceptive and intriguing character that could have become as iconic as Austen’s other heroines. It's awkward on the tongue and to the ear. let me offer my apologies. I hope you will get a chance to meet Charlotte Heywood. It's even harder to type and read: at first.
and we mean that literally. Jay Bushman Executive Producer and Co-Showrunner http://welcometosanditon. 2013 Welcome to Sanditon 5 . I hope to see you around town. It's not just something that residents say to Gigi.The name of the series is Welcome to Sanditon. but it's our invitation to you to come join this community and make your own story.com May 2nd.
Austen would have been very conscious of mortality when she began writing her novel about health and the future. scholars in a variety of disciplines. emendations. written out neatly by the author or a professional scribe. Contemporary letters note that Austen began to feel unwell in early 1816. The situation tends to be different with her juvenilia and unfinished drafts. it authoritatively answers the question of "What did Jane Austen intend to write?". Unlike her other manuscripts. there are innumerable printed editions of her six complete novels. "Sanditon" was still very much a work-in-progress as of Austen's death on July 18th. teachers. 1817. also written in Austen's hand.a clean version. designed for all types of readers (including students. In the King’s College manuscript of "Sanditon". it is the first and only rough draft of this text. ready to be sent to the printer for publication. we have the opposite issue. This manuscript is filled with evidence of authorial decision-making: cross-outs. Given that the earliest date on the "Sanditon" manuscript (written in Austen's handwriting) is January 27th. there are no paragraph. 1817. 1817. From a reader’s perspective.ac. and it is in a state aptly called a "working draft" or "foul papers". with minimal edits and errors.NOTES ON THE TEXT Original Document The untitled manuscript fragment now known as "Sanditon" is housed at King's College. and her health had begun to decline seriously by mid1816.W. and even babies).janeausten. Transcriptions and Editions of the Text Because Austen's texts are in the public domain and her work remains incredibly popular. as well as archival processing notes for the original document. The Jane Austen's Fiction Manuscripts Digital Edition project site (http://www. In addition. making the document a single 120-page block of text.uk) includes a fully-digitized copy with transcription. A fair copy is basically the work in its final form. fans. R. To the best of our knowledge. and everything else you'd expect of an early draft written entirely by hand. Prior works like Pride and Prejudice tend to appear in a manuscript state known as a "fair copy" . abbreviations of dubious intention.or linebreaks to speak of. The final date on the manuscript is March 18th. hard-to-read sidebars. Chapman's 20th-century transcriptions were 6 . It is accepted to be the last work of fiction she attempted before her final illness (most frequently diagnosed as Addison's disease) prevented her from continuing. Cambridge University. but shows very little of the author's writing process.
As "Fragment of a Novel". While massive electronic text initiatives like Project Gutenberg and Google Books have done exceptional work in increasing the availability and readership of obscure texts by classic authors. Liu May 1st. The role of the "Sanditon" text. spelling. and/or 2. So. punctuation. quotation marks).) Digitally scanning and saving PDFs of paper editions. and consequently replicate the manuscript copy with all of the writer's syntactical idiosyncrasies (ex. This Copy of "Sanditon" The base text of this edition of "Sanditon" is a hand-corrected version of the open source Project Gutenberg Australia copy. the footnotes of this edition occasionally "jump the gun" by introducing the names and relationships of important characters so that the reader can catch them on the first read-through. Pre-existing editions have been used to introduce paragraph breaks. can enjoy in anticipation of the Welcome to Sanditon transmedia adventure. often with less-than-perfect results. and only a handful of editions have followed. is to serve merely as the starting point for that project. but Austen's long sentences have been kept to maintain the text's rhythm. in addition to their normal function of clarifying unfamiliar terms. Chapman's text of "Sanditon" was not published until 1925. The few extant editions of "Sanditon" tend to designed for scholars. and spelling have been modernized. the sheer size of these projects means that they tend to follow two broad-brush procedures to reproduce these texts: 1. capitalization. and to eliminate any incidental features that stand in the way of a story well told. This is not a new transcription or a scholarly edition of the text. it's an attempt to make a reader-friendly edition that fans of Austen. collated against the editions consulted below.) Using an OCR (online character recognition) program to "read" the physical page and translate its symbols into a text document. The hope is to render the text as transparently as possible. rather than for the broader range of Austen readers. Specifically. Scholars looking at "Sanditon" tend to focus on the text in relation to Austen's life and writing style. Capitalization.the first published copies of some of Austen’s less popular manuscripts. punctuation. including "Sanditon". and particularly The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. 2013 7 . Katharine K. as Jay wrote.
"Lady Susan". "Sanditon. ---. and "Sanditon". University of Virginia." Boston: Houghton-Mifflin.WORKS CONSULTED Austen. 1975. 2003. London: Penguin Books. ---. 2001. By Jane Austen. "The Watsons"." "Lady Susan". 1998. "A Note On The Text." "Lady Susan". Drabble. 2012." The Cambridge Companion to Jane Austen. Penguin Classics. "Social Background. Chisholm. Alderman Library.sgm&images=images/modeng&data=/texts/english/moden g/parsed&tag=public&part=all>. Introduction. 153-211." "Sanditon". Ed. Jane. 127-143. By Jane Austen. 2003. 218-222. "The Watsons".net. 7-31. 6 April 2013 <http://gutenberg. Margaret. and "Sanditon"." The Cambridge Companion to Jane Austen. 2nd ed. Margaret Drabble. and Karen Wikander. Margaret. David Seaman. 37-39. "Sanditon. New York: Cambridge University Press.au/ebooks/fr008641. 2003. General editor Colin Choat. Penguin Classics. and "Sanditon". Juliet. Ed. Edward. Lorrie S.html>. 33-36. New York: Cambridge University Press. 2003. "The Watsons". Ed. London: Penguin Books. "Sanditon. and "Lady Susan". ---.edu/etcbin/toccernew2?id=AusSndt. McMaster. Processing notes for "Sanditon". Electronic Text Center. Principal Investigator Kathryn Sutherland. 6 April 2013 <http://http://etext. Edward Copeland and Juliet McMaster. 2012. Copeland. and "Sanditon". Stilwell. Ed. No accession number. Drabble. Edward Copeland and Juliet McMaster. Cambridge. By Jane Austen.virginia. KS: DigiReads. 6 April 2013 8 ." Project Gutenberg Australia. London: Penguin Books. King's College. 2007. London: Penguin Books. "The Watsons". 111-126. "Money. Drabble. "Class. Margaret. "Sanditon. Penguin Classics." "Lady Susan". "The Watsons". 2012. 2nd ed. Jane Austen’s Fiction Manuscripts. Penguin Classics.
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"Does not that promise to be the very place?" His wife fervently hoped it was. But the gentleman had. And the persons who approached were a well-looking. We shall soon get relief. was obliged in a few moments to cut short both his remonstrances to the driver and his congratulations to his wife and himself and sit down on the bank. in the course of the extrication.Chapter 1 A GENTLEMAN AND A LADY travelling from Tonbridge towards that part of the Sussex coast which lies between Hastings and Eastbourne. neither able to do or suggest anything. who happened to be among his haymakers at the time. gentleman-like man of middle age. putting his hand to his ankle. "But never mind. the proprietor of the place. had conceived to be necessarily their object and had with most unwilling looks been constrained to pass by. and the gentleman having scrambled out and helped out his companion. the county directly between of East Sussex and Greater London. hale. and soon becoming sensible of it. 1 The accident happened just beyond the only gentleman's house near the lane . half sand. beyond it. and receiving her first real comfort from the sight of several persons now coming to their assistance." looking up at her with a smile. lies my cure. but stood. "it could not have happened. were overturned in toiling up its long ascent. which was seen romantically situated among wood on a high eminence at some little distance." pointing to the neat-looking end of a cottage. they neither of them at first felt more than shaken and bruised. no wheels but cart wheels could safely proceed. is located in the county of East Sussex in the south-east corner of England. He had grumbled and shaken his shoulders and pitied and cut his horses so sharply that he might have been open to the suspicion of overturning them on purpose (especially as the carriage was not his master's own) if the road had not indisputably become worse than before. sprained his foot.a house which their driver. 1 10 . and Mrs. towards which Mr. on being first required to take that direction. Good out of evil. in a better place. I fancy. you know. half rock.expressing with a most portentous countenance that. The severity of the fall was broken by their slow pace and the narrowness of the lane. terrified and anxious. and three or four of The village of Sanditon." said he. Hastings and Eastbourne are boroughs in East Sussex. "There is something wrong here. as soon as the premises of the said house were left behind . my dear. Parker are traveling. The accident had been discerned from a hayfield adjoining the house they had passed. There. The very thing perhaps to be wished for. while Tonbridge is a town in Kent. being induced by business to quit the high road and attempt a very rough lane. unable to stand.
sir." replied the other. Heywood. his partner will do just as well . Indeed I would prefer the attendance of his partner. men. whose income is derived from farming." "Excuse me.to say nothing of all the rest of the field. I am sure. "What. Parker can deduce that Mr. I would rather see his partner. I will thank you to send off one of these good people for the surgeon. you know. this is certainly Willingden. One of these good people can be with him in three minutes. such was the name of the said proprietor. and while one or two of the men lent their help to the driver in getting the carriage upright again." "The surgeon!" exclaimed Mr. "I am afraid you will find no surgeon at hand here." taking out his pocketbook. a "gentleman" refers to the head of a land-owning country household." 2 Mr. but I dare say we shall do very well without him. "You are extremely obliging. whether you may know it or not. I can bring proof of your having a surgeon in the parish. and as the road does not seem in a favorable state for my getting up to his house myself. the traveler said. I need not ask whether I see the house. and I take you at your word. but from the extent of the parish or some other cause you may not be aware of the fact. if he is not in the way. rent and inheritance rather than a profession (McMaster 114)." "Nay sir. "I am sorry to have the appearance of contradicting you." looking towards the cottage. Heywood is a gentleman based on his estate. His courtesies were received with good breeding and gratitude. sir. sir. But it is always best in these cases.Stay. some surprise at anybody's attempting that road in a carriage. Heywood looked very much astonished. Mr. Here. we have passed none in this place which can be the abode of a gentleman. 11 . advanced with a very civil salutation.or rather better. and ready offers of assistance. "if you will do me the favor of casting your eye over these advertisements which I cut out myself from the 2 Roughly speaking. to have a surgeon's opinion without loss of time. Heywood. I assure you. not very far off. can I be mistaken in the place? Am I not in Willingden? Is not this Willingden?" "Yes. sir. Mr. women and children. much concern for the accident. "for excepting your own. I dare say. sir! Are you expecting to find a surgeon in that cottage? We have neither surgeon nor partner in the parish. very trifling. sir.the ablest of them summoned to attend their master . The injury to my leg is." "Then.
You will find it at full length. appropriately named Wealden. you know.undeniable character .everything in the hurry and confusion which always attend a short stay there. "I believe I can explain it. sir. All notes on carriages come primarily from Drabble. All done in a moment. sir." said Mr. if gentlemen were to be often attempting this lane in post chaises. And we. if you were to show me all the newspapers that are printed in one week throughout the kingdom. But do not be alarmed about my leg. 3 4 12 . as indifferent a double tenement as any in the parish. There are two Willingdens in this country. Great Willingden and Willingden Abbots are fictional (Drabble. speaking rather proudly. "Social Background". having looked them over. One is never able to complete anything in the way of business. You will find in it an advertisement of the dissolution of a partnership in the medical line .. 3 But as to that cottage. Willingden (spelled "Willingdon" today) is a village in northern Eastbourne.extensive business . Imagine trying to drive off-road in a minivan and you’ll have the general idea." replied the traveler pleasantly. but based on description they would probably be located in East Sussex’s largest district. sir. My dear. four-wheel carriage drawn by two or four horses." 4 "Not down in the weald. So satisfying myself with a brief inquiry. I think I must have known of such a person. until the carriage is at the door.in your own parish . "Sir. man and boy fifty-seven years. I think you will be convinced that I am not speaking at random. that it is in fact.. sir. And as soon as these good people have A post chaise is a wide. The advertisements did not catch my eye until the last half hour of our being in town .respectable references . you would not persuade me of there being a surgeon in Willingden.Morning Post and the Kentish Gazette only yesterday morning in London. Well.wishing to form a separate establishment. To be sure. in spite of its spruce air at this distance. "are not in the weald. it might not be a bad speculation for a surgeon to get a house at the top of the hill. I dare say it is as you say and I have made an abominably stupid blunder. And your advertisements must refer to the other. It gives me no pain while I am quiet." (to his wife) "I am very sorry to have brought you into this scrape. Quite down in the weald. "Notes" 218). At least I may venture to say that he has not much business. "It took us half an hour to climb your hill. designed for long-distance travel. "Having lived here ever since I was born. and finding we were actually to pass within a mile or two of a Willingden. and. I can assure you. I sought no farther. Heywood with a good-humored smile. added. Your mistake is in the place. I am sure. and that my shepherd lives at one end and three old women at the other. and lies seven miles off on the other side of Battle. which is Great Willingden or Willingden Abbots." offering the two little oblong extracts." He took the pieces of paper as he spoke." he added.
this earth. My sensations tell me so already. Saline air and immersion will be the very thing.certainly the favorite spot of all that are to be found along the coast of Sussex. and so home without attempting anything farther. it is exactly a case for the sea. this realm. disposed the traveler to think rather more than he had done at first of the benefit of immediate assistance. But Sanditon itself . my dear. A little of our own bracing sea air will soon set me on my feet again. the best thing we can do will be to measure back our steps into the turnpike road and proceed to Hailsham." A twinge or two. one hears of some new place or other starting up by the sea and growing the fashion. we have our remedy at hand. Parker of Sanditon. Two hours take us home from Hailsham.sure to raise the price of provisions and make the poor good for nothing . And once at home. and very cordially pressing them to make use of his house for both purposes." replied Mr. How they can half of them be filled is the wonder! Where people can be found with money and time to go to them! Bad things for a country . this England" (II. this lady./This fortress built by Nature for herself/Against infection and the hand of war." said he. entreating them not to think of proceeding until the ankle had been examined and some refreshment taken. Depend upon it./… this little world/This precious stone set in the silver sea…/This blessed plot. 5 13 .as I dare say you find. I believe it will be better for us. Heywood here interposed. "Before we accept your hospitality. I have heard of Sanditon." 5 "Yes.i). We are on our road home from London." This is the first of Mr.though I am by no means the first of my family holding landed property in the parish of Sanditon ." he turned again to Mr. sir. and promising to be the most chosen by man. Parker. Parker’s poetic raptures on Sanditon. and in writing them Austen draws comically on John of Gaunt’s famous paean to England in Shakespeare’s Richard II: "This other Eden. "with all the common remedies for sprains and bruises. the most favored by nature. "We are always well stocked. Heywood. The favorite for a young and rising bathing-place . my wife. My name perhaps .succeeded in setting the carriage to rights and turning the horses around. Mrs. and in order to do away with any unfavorable impression which the sort of wild-goose chase you find me in may have given rise to. demi-paradise. in trying to move his foot. my dear. sir. allow me to tell you who we are. you know. Mr." In a most friendly manner Mr.may be unknown at this distance from the coast. "Every five years. and consulting his wife in the few words of "Well. My name is Parker. Heywood.everybody has heard of Sanditon. And I will answer for the pleasure it will give my wife and daughters to be of service to you in every way in their power.
but a mistaken one. At least there are enough. Only conceive. the demand for everything and the sure resort of the very best company . What in the name of common sense is to recommend Brinshore? A most insalubrious air . measured mile nearer than Eastbourne. private families of thorough gentility and character who are a blessing everywhere excite the industry of the poor and diffuse comfort and improvement among them of every sort. impossible to get a good dish of tea within three miles of the place.no weeds . sir. a bleak moor and the constant effluvia of a ridge of putrefying seaweed . And as for the soil . fortunately. I assure you.can end in nothing but their own disappointment. 6 Depend upon it. a fictional place. Such a place as Sanditon. overgrown places like Brighton or Worthing or Eastbourne . in my opinion.lying as it does between a stagnant marsh. the buildings." cried Mr. But had we not better try to get you-" "Our coast too full!" repeated Mr. Never was there a place more palpably designed by nature for the resort of the invalid .deep water ten yards from the shore . had spoken in most intelligible characters. I may say was wanted. A common idea. purest sea breeze on the coast . sir." answered Mr.no mud . The finest.not in the smallest degree exaggerated .acknowledged to be so . 14 . It demands no more. that this is a most faithful description of Brinshore . sir. while the growth of the place. Everybody's taste and everybody's finances may be suited. excessively absurd and must soon find themselves the dupes of their own fallacious calculations. "I only think our coast is too full of them altogether. sir. Sanditon is not a place-" "I do not mean to take exception to any place in particular. precluded by its size from experiencing any of the evils of civilization. Our coast is abundant enough. And those good people who are trying to add to the number are. Heywood.no slimy rocks.the very spot which thousands seemed in need of! The most desirable distance from London! One complete. Nature had marked it out. steady.and if you have heard it differently spoken of-" 6 Poor Brinshore is.the attempts of two or three speculating people about Brinshore this last year to raise that paltry hamlet . the advantage of saving a whole mile in a long journey.it is so cold and ungrateful that it can hardly be made to yield a cabbage. But Brinshore. "Quite the contrary.roads proverbially detestable water brackish beyond example. It may apply to your large.those regular. Parker. Parker eagerly.fine hard sand . "On that point perhaps we may not totally disagree. I assure you. was called for. which I dare say you have in your eye . No sir.but not to a small village like Sanditon. not at all.excellent bathing . sir."Not at all. the nursery grounds.
A thing of this kind soon makes a stir in a lonely place like ours. were now seen issuing from the house. And here come my girls to speak for themselves and their mother." The young ladies approached and said everything that was proper to recommend their father's offers. 15 .'" 7 "With all my heart. "I did not know there was such a place in the world." "You did not! There. Parker was therefore carried into the house and his carriage wheeled off to a vacant barn. being now set up. and in an unaffected manner calculated to make the strangers easy. So much for the celebrity of Brinshore! This gentleman did not know there was such a place in the world. was discovered to have received such injury on the fallen side as to be unfit for present use. followed by as many maid servants. in truth. "I began to wonder the bustle should not have reached them. sir. 7 William Cowper (1731-1800) was a popular English poet and predecessor to the Romantics who were in vogue at the time "Sanditon" was written." turning with exultation to his wife. never heard of half a mile from home. sir . Parker was exceedingly anxious for relief . my dear." said Mr. Heywood. As Mrs. I never heard it spoken of in my life before. "you see how it is. as opposed to Voltaire . sir." Two or three genteel-looking young women. let us see how you can be best conveyed into the house.a very few civil scruples were enough.'She. But I want to see something applied to your leg. Now. And I am sure by your lady's countenance that she is quite of my opinion and thinks it a pity to lose any more time. I fancy we may apply to Brinshore that line of the poet Cowper in his description of the religious cottager.apply any verses you like to it.and her husband by this time not much less disposed for it . Mr. Why. especially as the carriage."Sir.
[Tom] Parker. Diana. Parker is "about 35" and Diana is "about 34". Susan. the success of Sanditon as a small. Parker could now think of very little besides. The facts which. they grew to like each other in the course of that fortnight exceedingly well. For a whole fortnight the travelers were fixed at Willingden. It had not proceeded from any intention of spraining his ankle or The five adult Parker siblings. but some natural advantages in its position and some accidental circumstances having suggested to himself and the other principal landholder the probability of its becoming a profitable speculation. 8 His object in quitting the high road to hunt for an advertising surgeon was also plainly stated.very happily married . a complete enthusiast. A very few years ago. that he had two brothers and two sisters. no profession . for he was very open-hearted. but whether she is the oldest sibling is unclear. fortune. are Mr. that he was of a respectable family and easy. he readily told. had been married . and as every office of hospitality and friendliness was received as it ought. He was waited on and nursed. and Mr.the eldest of the two former indeed. He had fallen into very good hands. 35. fashionable bathing place. his conversation was still giving information to such of the Heywoods as could observe.on the subject of Sanditon. and planned and built. by collateral inheritance. they had engaged in it. 20. Mr. By address we learn that Susan is the elder sister. Mr. All that he understood of himself. and where he might be himself in the dark. was neither short nor unimportant.succeeding as eldest son to the property which two or three generations had been holding and accumulating before him. and had four sweet children at home. By such he was perceived to be an enthusiast . nor any deficiency of generally pleasant manners in either. in the kindest and most unpretending manner. it had been a quiet village of no pretensions. though not large. and Arthur. in more direct communication. 34. all single and all independent . was the object for which he seemed to live. perhaps Austen had yet to decide when she stopped working on the manuscript. so the text is ambiguous.seven years. and raised it to something of young renown. and praised and puffed. quite as well provided for as himself. thus oddly begun. to both husband and wife. (?). 8 16 . Sidney. and she cheered and comforted with unremitting kindness. Mr. The Heywoods were a thoroughly respectable family and every possible attention was paid. 27-28. he laid before them were that he was about five and thirty. Parker's sprain proving too serious for him to move sooner. as there was not more good will on one side than gratitude on the other.Chapter 2 THE ACQUAINTANCE. in descending order by age. Sanditon. Parker's character and history were soon unfolded.
It had indeed the highest claims. healthy as they all undeniably were. and so entirely waiting to be guided on every occasion that whether he was risking his fortune or spraining his ankle. his lottery. fond of wife. Heywood had been apt to suppose) from any design of entering into partnership with him. would in fact tend to bring a prodigious influx. They were anti-spasmodic. gentleman-like. [Tom] Parker’s wife is Mrs. which the nature of the advertisement induced him to expect to accomplish in Willingden. also named Mary. not only those of birthplace. anti-septic. amiable.doing himself any other injury for the good of such surgeon. hardly less dear. Nobody could catch 9 Mr. liberal. could hardly be expected to hazard themselves in a place where they could not have immediate medical advice. He wanted to secure the promise of a visit. Sanditon was a second wife and four children to him. easy to please. his occupation. it was merely in consequence of a wish to establish some medical man at Sanditon. brothers and sisters.and his own sisters. nor (as Mr. nothing else was wanting. Upon the whole. [Mary] Parker. 17 . Parker9 was as evidently a gentle. He held it indeed as certain that no person could be really well. she remained equally useless. anti-pulmonary. sweet-tempered woman. it was his mine. He was convinced that the advantage of a medical man at hand would very materially promote the rise and prosperity of the place. his speculation and his hobby horse. with more imagination than judgment. who were sad invalids and whom he was very anxious to get to Sanditon this summer. and generally kind-hearted. anti-bilious and anti-rheumatic. the properest wife in the world for a man of strong understanding but not of a capacity to supply the cooler reflection which her own husband sometimes needed. And Mrs. He had strong reason to believe that one family had been deterred last year from trying Sanditon on that account and probably very many more . and certainly more engrossing. and. children. his hope and his futurity. their children appear to be three boys and a girl. He could talk of it forever. The sea air and sea bathing together were nearly infallible. no person (however upheld for the present by fortuitous aids of exercise and spirits in a semblance of health) could be really in a state of secure and permanent health without spending at least six weeks by the sea every year. and his endeavors in the cause were as grateful and disinterested as they were warm. Mr. foresaw that every one of them would be benefited by the sea. to get as many of the family as his own house would contain to follow him to Sanditon as soon as possible. of a sanguine turn of mind. Parker was evidently an amiable family man. He was extremely desirous of drawing his good friends at Willingden thither. one or the other of them being a match for every disorder of the stomach. property and home. the lungs or the blood.
and obliged them to be stationary and healthy at Willingden. Heywood never left home. enough. sometimes the other. a very pleasing young woman of two and twenty. and symptoms of the gout and a winter at Bath. nobody wanted appetite by the sea. nobody wanted strength. an occasional month at Tunbridge Wells. who had attended them most and knew them best. to bathe and be better if she could. Charlotte was to go: with excellent health. Charlotte Heywood is the character represented by Gigi Darcy. Sea air was healing. while making that home extremely comfortable. What prudence had at first enjoined was now rendered pleasant by habit. welcomed every change from it which could give useful connections or respectable acquaintance to sons or daughters. But very far from wishing their children to do the same. careful course of life. and Mrs. Mr. education and fitting out of fourteen children demanded a very quiet.cold by the sea. no difficulties were started. Heywood went no farther than his feet or his well-tried old horse could carry him. they were glad to promote their getting out into the world as much as possible. relaxing . softening. to have allowed them a very gentlemanlike share of luxuries and change. Excepting two journeys to London in the year to receive his dividends. Today's equivalent might be the destination spa. and Mrs. to receive every possible pleasure which Tunbridge Wells (different from Tonbridge) and Bath were fashionable resort towns based around health. They stayed at home that their children might get out. had their family been of reasonable limits. their movements had long been limited to one small circle. Mr. had been particularly useful and obliging to them. and they were older in habits than in age.fortifying and bracing seemingly just as was wanted . His eloquence. the sea-bath was the certain corrective. They never left home and they had gratification in saying so. could not prevail. therefore. the eldest of the daughters at home and the one who. enough for them to have indulged in a new carriage and better roads. under her mother's directions. When Mr. Their invitation was to Miss Charlotte Heywood 11. They had a very pretty property. In Welcome to Sanditon. settled. 10 But the maintenance. Heywood's adventurings were only now and then to visit her neighbors in the old coach which had been new when they married and fresh-lined on their eldest son's coming of age ten years ago. nobody wanted spirits. ceased from soliciting a family visit and bounded their views to carrying back one daughter with them. but associated with relaxation and holistic wellness rather than the clinical treatment of specific diseases. It was general pleasure and consent. Parker. and Mrs. 10 11 18 .sometimes one. Marrying early and having a very numerous family. however. the sea air alone was evidently designed by nature for the cure. and. If the sea breeze failed. and where bathing disagreed.
Parker was anxiously wishing to support. which Mr.Sanditon could be made to supply by the gratitude of those she went with. new gloves and new brooches for her sisters and herself at the library. and that nothing should ever induce him (as far as the future could be answered for) to spend even five shillings at Brinshore. and to buy new parasols. Heywood himself could be persuaded to promise was that he would send everyone to Sanditon who asked his advice. All that Mr. 19 .
and in their journey from Willingden to the coast. a man of considerable property in the country. She had been necessarily often mentioned at Willingden .but it is not offensive . "a little self-importance . who knew the value of money. and to give the visiting young lady a suitable knowledge of the person with whom she might now expect to be daily associating. made a part. still she had given nothing for it. Her motives for such a match could be little understood at the distance of forty years. Parker acknowledged there being just such a degree of value for it apparent now as to give her conduct that natural explanation.and her faults may be entirely imputed to her want of education. when her love of money is carried greatly too far. there are points. Lady Denham (formerly Hollis. or a heavy bit of road. Her first husband had been a Mr. 12 20 . with manor and mansion house." 12 For the title. Hollis that at his death he left her everything . Hollis. were facts already known.for being his colleague in speculation. But she is a good-natured woman. friendly neighbor. but he could not succeed in the views of permanently enriching his family which were attributed to him. After a widowhood of some years. but she had so well nursed and pleased Mr. who had buried two husbands. and was very much looked up to and had a poor cousin living with her. she had been induced to marry again. it was to be supposed. Parker gave Charlotte a more detailed account of her than had been called for before." said he. The late Sir Harry Denham. Lady Denham had been a rich Miss Brereton. Mr. of Denham Park in the neighborhood of Sanditon. but some further particulars of her history and her character served to lighten the tediousness of a long hill. had succeeded in removing her and her large income to his own domains. née Brereton) is always referred to as "Lady Denham". That she was a very rich old lady. She has Except for this paragraph.all his estates. "Miss Brereton" is Clara Brereton. independent.Chapter 3 EVERY NEIGHBORHOOD should have a great lady. her own age about thirty. she was said to have made this boast to a friend: "that though she had got nothing but her title from the family. a cheerful.a very obliging.and there are moments. Going forward. the "poor cousin" who lives with her at Sanditon House. and all at her disposal. The great lady of Sanditon was Lady Denham. and Mr. she had married. He had been an elderly man when she married him. Sanditon itself could not be talked of long without the introduction of Lady Denham. on Sir Harry's decease. born to wealth but not to education. She had been too wary to put anything out of her own power and when. she returned again to her own house at Sanditon. "There is at times. of which a large share of the parish of Sanditon. valuable character . a very good-natured woman .
We now and then see things differently. had he the power. "and his hand would be as liberal as his heart. 13 He sincerely hoped it. The former. who might very reasonably wish for her original thirty thousand pounds among them. who lived with him. you will judge for yourself. Those who tell their own story. By all of these. and Mr. which I have no doubt we shall have many a candidate for before the end even of this season.good natural sense. nephew to Sir Harry. we think differently. you know. Miss Denham had a very small provision. Parker had little doubt that he and his sister. would be principally remembered in her will. 13 14 st 21 . and three distinct sets of people to be courted by: her own relations." Given that Sir Edward Denham inherited the title from his uncle Sir Harry. must be listened to with caution. or by branches of them. the cottage ornée was a picturesque retreat for middle-class families that employed rustic decor but retained all the modern conveniences (Drabble. had done themselves irremediable harm by expressions of very unwise and unjustifiable resentment at the time of Mr. he believed. Though now and then. for she had many thousands a year to bequeath. the present baronet. and still continued to be. he does what he can and is running up a tasteful little cottage ornée 14on a strip of waste ground Lady Denham has granted him. “Notes” 219). but quite uncultivated. resided constantly at Denham Park. a littleness will appear. When you see us in contact. Edward’s sister is simply "Miss [Esther] Denham". well-attacked. Hollis. and her brother was a poor man for his rank in society. rather than his father. Hollis's death." Lady Denham was indeed a great lady beyond the common wants of society. she had no doubt been long. Sir Edward. the legal heirs of Mr. That is. She cannot look forward quite as I would have her and takes alarm at a trifling present expense without considering what returns it will make her in a year or two. Miss Denham. Mr. and enters into the improvement of Sanditon with a spirit truly admirable. and those members of the Denham family whom her second husband had hoped to make a good bargain for. Literally an "ornamental cottage". and of these three divisions. Miss Heywood. who must hope to be more indebted to her sense of justice than he had allowed them to be to his. the latter had the advantage of being the remnant of a connection which she certainly valued. She has a fine active mind as well as a fine healthy frame for a woman of seventy. Parker. "He is a warm friend to Sanditon. of having been known to her from their childhood and of being always at hand to preserve their interest by reasonable attention. Hollis's kindred were the least in favor and Sir Harry Denham's the most. Parker did not hesitate to say that Mr." said Mr. He would be a noble coadjutor! As it is. Similar to a 21 -century "country house" or hunting lodge.
she had brought back with her from London last Michaelmas15 a Miss Brereton. sweetness.those of the young female relation whom Lady Denham had been induced to receive into her family. the politic and lucky cousins. inviting and tormenting her. unassuming. and evidently gaining by her innate worth on the affections of her patroness. amiable. She had gone to a hotel. introduced themselves at this important moment. and she was preparing . and long and often enjoyed the repeated defeats she had given to every attempt of her relations to introduce this young lady or that young lady as a companion at Sanditon House. with due exceptions. living by her own account as prudently as possible to defy the reputed expensiveness of such a home. Mr. Its amount was such as determined her on staying not another hour in the house. After having avoided London for many years.in all the anger and perturbation of her belief in very gross imposition and her ignorance of where to go for better usage . woman feels for woman very promptly and compassionately. even liberality . 15 th 22 .that union of littleness with kindness and good sense. Mr. as having the fairest chance of succeeding to the greater part of all that she had to give. Michaelmas was one of four English "quarter days" each year when servants were hired and rents due. but there were now another person's claims to be taken into account . and at the end of three days calling for her bill that she might judge of her state. when the cousins. poverty and dependence do not want the imagination of a man to operate upon. gentle. who bid fair by her merits to vie in favor with Sir Edward and to secure for herself and her family that share of the accumulated property which they had certainly the best right to inherit. After having always protested against any such addition. it was solicitude and enjoyment. Parker spoke warmly of Clara Brereton. persuaded her to accept such a September 29 . conducting herself uniformly with great good sense. Beauty.Until within the last twelvemonth. who seemed always to have a spy on her. she had been obliged to go there last Michaelmas with the certainty of being detained at least a fortnight. Heywood’s biannual trips to receive his dividends. and the interest of his story increased very much with the introduction of such a character.which he saw in Lady Denham. Charlotte listened with more than amusement now. Parker had considered Sir Edward as standing without a rival. and whom she was determined to keep at a distance. Like Mr. He gave the particulars which had led to Clara's admission at Sanditon as no bad exemplification of that mixture of character . and learning her situation. Lady Denham has presumably traveled to London to conduct business. principally on account of these very cousins who were continually writing.to leave the hotel at all hazards. as she heard her described to be lovely.
with all her natural endowments and powers. that loveliness was complete. She was a general favorite. and one who had been so low in every worldly view as. in some quarters. with the probability of another being then to take her place. She went. gentle temper was felt by everybody. The prejudices which had met her at first. 23 . Clara had returned with her and by her good sense and merit had now. to have been preparing for a situation little better than a nursery maid. For. Lady Denham had shown the good part of her character.home for the rest of her stay as their humbler house in a very inferior part of London could offer. to all appearance. and finally was impelled by a personal knowledge of their narrow income and pecuniary difficulties to invite one of the girls of the family to pass the winter with her. who would enlarge her mind and open her hand. was delighted with her welcome and the hospitality and attention she received from everybody.a dependent on poverty . were all dissipated. The invitation was to one. She was felt to be worthy of trust. but in selecting the one. and since having had the advantage of their Sanditon breezes. She was as thoroughly amiable as she was lovely. passing by the actual daughters of the house. secured a very strong hold in Lady Denham's regard. The six months had long been over and not a syllable was breathed of any change or exchange. for six months. she had chosen Clara.an additional burden on an encumbered circle. The influence of her steady conduct and mild. a niece. more helpless and more pitiable of course than any . found her good cousins the Breretons beyond her expectation worthy people. to be the very companion who would guide and soften Lady Denham.
Parker’s enthusiasm for the latest trends. all the comfort of an excellent kitchen garden without the constant eyesore of its formalities or the yearly nuisance of its decaying vegetation.and the name joined to the form of the building. they passed close by a moderate-sized house." "Yes. you know. Parker and I lived until within the last two years. As the name implies. in fact. and where my own three eldest children were born." said Mr. and without the smallest advantage from it. which always takes. "And such a nice garden such an excellent garden. In "Sanditon". I have given it up. a rather better situation! One other hill brings us to Sanditon . they represent Mr. And we have. where Mrs. pent down in this little contracted nook. It is an honest old place. In a good season we should have more applications than we could attend to. until our new house was finished.for Waterloo is more the thing now. without air or view. you know. only one mile and three quarters from the noblest expanse of ocean between the South Foreland and Land's End. and Hillier keeps it in very good order. my love. He gets a better house by it." "Ah. "It seems to have as many comforts about it as Willingden. and if we have encouragement enough this year for a little crescent17 to be ventured on (as I trust we shall) then we shall be able to call it Waterloo Crescent . always built in a hole. Parker.16 However. Our ancestors. orchard and meadows which are the best embellishments of such a dwelling. Parker. Who can endure a cabbage bed in October?" The Battles of Trafalgar (October 21 . the house where I and all my brothers and sisters were born and bred. "This is my old house. as before." "It was always a very comfortable house. the house of my forefathers. but that we may be said to carry with us.Chapter 4 "AND WHOSE very snug-looking place is this?" said Charlotte as. a crescent is an architectural structure composed of a number of houses arranged in the shape of an arc. Waterloo is in reserve. and I. in a sheltered dip within two miles of the sea. and rich in the garden. You will not think I have made a bad exchange when we reach Trafalgar House which bye the bye. with all the fruit and vegetables we want." said Mrs. 1815) were the decisive British victories in the Napoleonic Wars (1803-1815). Here were we. I almost wish I had not named Trafalgar . will give us the command of lodgers. wellfenced and planted. I am glad you are pleased with it. 1805) and Waterloo (June 18 . to the man who occupies the chief of my land.modern Sanditon . 16 st th 17 24 .a beautiful spot. looking at it through the back window with something like the fondness of regret. It supplies us.
If we any of us want to bathe. and the inhabitants may be taken totally unawares by one of those dreadful currents. and therefore we must give him what help we can. But you know. we can always buy what we want at Sanditon House. When any vegetables or fruit happen to be wanted . yes. and she did not seem at all aware of the wind being anything more than common."Oh dear. that's likely enough. to have something or other forgotten most days. I encouraged him to set up. Oh." 25 . simply rages and passes on. meeting with nothing to oppose or confine it around our house." "Yes indeed. The gardener there is glad enough to supply us.and it will not be amiss to have them often wanted. But it occurs to me that we ought to go elsewhere upon such occasions. "one loves to look at an old friend. And I will get Mary a little parasol. when we had been literally rocked in our bed. We are quite as well off for gardenstuff as ever we were. That is. Hillier after one of those dreadful nights. I am sure we do. I must say I would rather them run about in the sunshine than not. But at first it is uphill work. How grave she will walk about with it and fancy herself quite a little woman. which will make her as proud as can be. which do more mischief in a valley when they do arise than an open country ever experiences in the heaviest gale. you were saying that any accidental omission is supplied in a moment by Lady Denham's gardener. But. But it was a nice place for the children to run about in. we shall have shade enough on the hill. I am sure we agree. and am afraid he does not do very well. my dear love." still looking back. that poor old Andrew may not lose his daily job . or a large bonnet at Jebb's. The growth of my plantations is a general astonishment. So shady in summer!" "My dear. And as for the boys. I remember seeing Mrs. you know. nothing is known of the state of the air below the tops of the trees." "Yes. there has not been time enough yet. We have all the grandeur of the storm with less real danger because the wind. yes. The Hilliers did not seem to feel the storms last winter at all. And you can get a parasol at Whitby's for little Mary at any time. you know. for if it is forgot to be brought at any time. just to have a nominal supply. in wishing our boys to be as hardy as possible. He will do very well beyond a doubt. In the meanwhile we have the canvas awning which gives us the most complete comfort within doors. while down in this gutter. my dear. I have not the smallest doubt of our being a great deal better off where we are now. and that old Stringer and his son have a higher claim. and more than enough in the course of a very few years. as to gardenstuff. at a place where one has been happy. we have not a quarter of a mile to go.but in fact to buy the chief of our consumption from the Stringers.
Mary. Most families have such a member among them. 26 . many a pretty daughter might it secure us to the prejudice of Eastbourne and Hastings. Sidney says anything. with his neat equipage and fashionable air. What is it your brother Sidney says about its being a hospital?" "Oh. There . I believe. I should like to have you acquainted with him."Very well. gave a passage to an inconsiderable stream. Many a respectable family. that can be easily done. many a careful mother. And it would be a fine thing for the place! Such a young man as Sidney. Parker observed with delight to Charlotte. winding more obliquely towards the sea. and two or three of the best of them were smartened up with a white curtain and "Lodgings to Let". I wish we may get him to Sanditon. and formed at its mouth a third habitable division in a small cluster of fishermen's houses. know what effect it might have. He is here and there and everywhere. but it was a most valuable proof of the increasing fashion of the place altogether. who is a very clever young man and with great powers of pleasing. my love. He has always said what he chose. but the spirit of the day had been caught. and whose mother would not let them be nearer the shore for fear of their tumbling in. that is his only fault. He lives too much in the world to be settled.now the old house is quite left behind. Not that he had any personal concern in the success of the village itself. and in turning the corner of the baker's shop.a hill whose side was covered with the woods and enclosures of Sanditon House and whose height ended in an open down where the new buildings might soon be looked for. for she is always complaining of old Andrew now and says he never brings her what she wants. Miss Heywood. A branch only of the valley. and farther on. you know. as Mr. for considering it as too remote from the beach. He pretends to advise me to make a hospital of it." They were now approaching the church and neat village of old Sanditon. He anticipated an amazing season. two females in elegant white were actually to be seen with their books and camp stools. Parker. of and to us all. he had done nothing there. And cook will be satisfied. my dear Mary. You and I. He pretends to laugh at my improvements. which will be a great comfort. merely a joke of his. excepting one family of children who came from London for sea air after the whooping cough. At the same time last year (late in July) there had not been a single lodger in the village! Nor did he remember any during the whole summer. If the village could attract. The original village contained little more than cottages. the hill might be nearly full. In ours. the sound of a harp might be heard through the upper casement. Such sights and sounds were highly blissful to Mr. There is someone in most families privileged by superior abilities or spirits to say anything. which stood at the foot of the hill they were afterwards to ascend . it is Sidney. in the little green court of an old farm house.
and the tide must be flowing . and the nearest to it of every building.about half-tide now. civilization indeed!" cried Mr. excepting one short row of smart-looking houses called the Terrace. for our hill. elegant building. my dear Mary. with a broad walk in front. 27 . Blue shoes. It was the last building of former days in that line of the parish. was a light. and everywhere out of his house at once. they passed the lodge gates of Sanditon House and saw the top of the house itself among its groves. aspiring to be the Mall of the place. and in crossing the down. look at William Heeley's windows. Glorious indeed! Well. He had fancied it just the time of day for them to be all returning from their airings to dinner. the travelers were safely set down. fewer walkers. Trafalgar House. about a hundred yards from the brow of a steep but not very lofty cliff. "Look. Designed to protect modesty in an age of single-sex bathing. roll down to the shore. a Bellevue Cottage and a Denham Place were to be looked at by Charlotte with the calmness of amused curiosity. found amusement enough in standing at her ample Venetian window and looking over the 18 19 Cotton-upper boots. and nankin boots! 18 Who would have expected such a sight at a shoemaker's in old Sanditon! This is new within the month. the modern began. A little higher up. There was no blue shoe when we passed this way a month ago. while Charlotte. nankin boots were a fashion accessory rather than a practical piece of clothing. bathing machines were small wheeled shacks that allowed the bather to change clothes. standing in a small lawn with a very young plantation round it." In ascending. at his own house. on the most elevated spot on the down. Parker with the eager eye which hoped to see scarcely any empty houses. the cliffs. Now. More bills at the windows than he had calculated on. He longed to be on the sands. At Trafalgar House. In this row were the best milliner's shop and the library a little detached from it. Parker. having received possession of her apartment. 19 And this was therefore the favorite spot for beauty and fashion.fewer carriages. and by Mr. and exit into the water without being exposed to the general public. His spirits rose with the very sight of the sea and he could almost feel his ankle getting stronger already. Here began the descent to the beach and to the bathing machines. and all was happiness and joy between Papa and Mama and their children. our health-breathing hill. a Prospect House. delighted. like blue shoes. but the sands and the Terrace always attracted some. and a smaller show of company on the hill . rising at a little distance behind the Terrace."Civilization. I think I have done something in my day. the hotel and billiard room.
waving linen and tops of houses.miscellaneous foreground of unfinished buildings. 28 . dancing and sparkling in sunshine and freshness. to the sea.
And I can have no scruple on Diana's account. you know." He read: 29 . what shall we guess as to the state of health of those it comes from . Miss Heywood. Mr. for her letters show her exactly as she is. Mary. you will be quite sorry to hear how ill they have been and are. Miss Heywood. Now. to those who do not thoroughly know them. a very indifferent account. who lives with them and who is not much above twenty. he shook his head and began. But perhaps it implies that he is coming himself. either separate or together. though Sidney often makes me laugh at them all in spite of myself. I sent him an account of my accident from Willingden and thought he would have vouchsafed me an answer. I know he would be offering odds that either Susan. they force themselves on exertions which. Indeed. they are such excellent useful women and have so much energy of character that where any good is to be done. as you have heard us say frequently.Chapter 5 WHEN THEY MET before dinner. and are subject to a variety of very serious disorders. He is so delicate that he can engage in no profession. "He is an idle fellow. They never fail me. I trust it may. But there is really no affectation about them. I will read Diana's letter aloud. I do not believe they know what a day's health is.or very little.or rather what would Sidney say if he were here? Sidney is a saucy fellow. I am sorry to say is almost as great an invalid as themselves. They have wretched health. he will have it there is a good deal of imagination in my two sisters' complaints. Diana or Arthur would appear by this letter to have been at the point of death within the last month. Parker was looking over letters. "Not a line from Sidney!" said he. A very indifferent account of them indeed." Having run his eye over the letter. the most active. But it really is not so . Seriously. if you will give me leave. I like to have my friends acquainted with each other and I am afraid this is the only sort of acquaintance I shall have the means of accomplishing between you. friendly. if he were here. Now. Women are the only correspondents to be depended on. But it really is no joke. Sidney laughs at him. and therefore must give a good impression. And you must know. have an extraordinary appearance. "before I open it. And our youngest brother. warm-hearted being in existence. Mary. And at the same time." smiling at his wife. "No chance of seeing them at Sanditon I am sorry to say. But here is a letter from one of my sisters. They have only weaker constitutions and stronger minds than are often met with.
and though we cannot contribute to your beau monde in person. we are doing our utmost to send you company worth having and think we may safely 30 . Many thanks. it would be no recommendation to us. I doubt whether Susan's nerves would be equal to the effort. but conclude his scheme to the Isle of Wight has not taken place or we should have seen him in his way. but her nerves are a good deal deranged. I will undertake the commission with pleasure."My dear Tom. and is decidedly better. If indeed a simple sprain. and hardly able to crawl from my bed to the sofa. friction by the hand alone. and if you had not described yourself as fallen into such very good hands. Two years ago I happened to be calling on Mrs. I am happy to say. And neither of my dear companions will leave me or I would promote their going down to you for a fortnight. We have entirely done with the whole medical tribe. spasmodic bile. in my present state. it is quite an impossibility. Most sincerely do we wish you a good season at Sanditon. for had you the most experienced man in his line settled at Sanditon. and have no doubt of succeeding. He. and six leeches a day for ten days together relieved her so little that we thought it right to change our measures. my dear Tom. I persuaded her to attack the disorder there. which had so large a share in bringing on your accident. But in truth. I should have been with you at all hazards the day after the receipt of your letter. But if you think it advisable for the interest of the place to get a medical man there. She has accordingly had three teeth drawn. Sheldon when her coachman sprained his foot as he was cleaning the carriage and could hardly limp into the house. though it found me suffering under a more severe attack than usual of my old grievance. But pray never run into peril again in looking for an apothecary on our account. but by the immediate use of friction alone steadily persevered in (and I rubbed his ankle with my own hand for six hours without intermission) he was well in three days. is tolerably well though more languid than I like and I fear for his liver. for the kindness with respect to us. We were all much grieved at your accident. the sea air would probably be the death of me. until we are quite convinced that they can do nothing for us and that we must trust to our own knowledge of our own wretched constitutions for any relief. supposing it could be applied instantly. As for getting to Sanditon myself. nothing would have been so judicious as friction. and being convinced on examination that much of the evil lay in her gum. She has been suffering much from the headache. But how were you treated? Send me more particulars in your next. I have heard nothing of Sidney since your being together in town. I could soon put the necessary irons in the fire. We have consulted physician after physician in vain. She can only speak in a whisper and fainted away twice this morning on poor Arthur's trying to suppress a cough. as you denominate it. I grieve to say that I dare not attempt it but my feelings tell me too plainly that.
and especially Arthur. Parker. I declare I by myself can see nothing in it but what is either very pitiable or very creditable. the other a most respectable girls' boarding school. But success more than repays.one for Prospect House probably. "I do think the Miss Parkers carry it too far sometimes.wheels within wheels. without any idea of attempting to 31 . I will not tell you how many people I have employed in the business . Three teeth drawn at once ." said Charlotte. you perceive how much they are occupied in promoting the good of others! So anxious for Sanditon! Two large families . from Camberwell." "And I am sure they must be very extraordinary ones. the other for No. considering the state in which both sisters appear to be. 2 Denham Place or the end house of the Terrace. It is bad that he should be fancying himself too sickly for any profession and sit down at one and twenty. Yours most affectionately ." "Why to own the truth.etcetera.to every operation . Parker. One a rich West Indian from Surrey. I know you think it a great pity they should give him such a turn for being ill. Miss Heywood. With all their sufferings. as he finished." "Well. You often think they would be better if they would leave themselves more alone . "Though I dare say Sidney might find something extremely entertaining in this letter and make us laugh for half an hour together. well. my dear Mary.reckon on securing you two large families. or academy.and have such fortitude!" "Your sisters know what they are about. I told you my sisters were excellent women. they are so used to the operation . but those three teeth of your sister Susan's are more distressing than all the rest. you know." said Mr." said Mrs." "Oh. on the interest of his own little fortune. I dare say. with extra beds at the hotel. but their measures seem to touch on extremes. my love.frightful! Your sister Diana seems almost as ill as possible. it is unfortunate for poor Arthur that at his time of life he should be encouraged to give way to indisposition. we have been so healthy a family that I can be no judge of what the habit of self-doctoring may do. I feel that in any illness I should be so anxious for professional advice. "I am astonished at the cheerful style of the letter. I grant you." "Well. And so do you. so very little venturesome for myself or anybody I loved! But then.
improve it or of engaging in any occupation that may be of use to himself or others. But here is something at hand pleasanter still ." 32 . These two large families are just what we wanted.Morgan with his 'Dinner on table'. But let us talk of pleasanter things.
Mr. Captain Little . however. while each of the subsequent daughters is introduced by her first and last name. Miss Mathews. and August and September were the months. Mr. It was but July. when the important business of dinner or of sitting after dinner was going on in almost every inhabited lodging. Mrs. The Lady Denham. Dr. as the oldest "at home" (i. Mrs. 20 Mr. Mathews. For example. Beard . with all her glossy curls and smart trinkets. the rest of the daughters moved up in the order. and they were fully occupied in their various civilities and communications. and Charlotte was glad to see as much and as quickly as possible where all was new. They were out in the very quietest part of a watering-place day. When an elder daughter married. it was a thorough pause of company. and Mrs. Whitby came forward without delay from her literary recess. And besides. Richard Pratt. The list of subscribers was but commonplace.Solicitor. Mr. while Charlotte. were followed by nothing better than: Mrs. and Mrs. reading one of her own novels for want of employment. Mrs. she is referred to as "Miss Heywood". 20 33 . Reverend Mr.Limehouse. Here and there might be seen a solitary elderly man. the two Parker sisters would be introduced as "Miss Parker and Miss Diana Parker". whose manners recommended him to everybody. Sir Edward Denham and Miss Denham. Hanking. Miss Scroggs. So although Charlotte Heywood may not be the oldest Heywood daughter. Mathews. The social rank of unmarried daughters in this era proceeded in descending order of age. the cliffs and the sands. unmarried). Grays Inn. The straw hats and pendant lace seemed left to their fate both within the house and without. Whitby at the library was sitting in her inner room. Parker. Mr. Miss Brereton. Parker. Jane Fisher. The shops were deserted.e.. and Mrs. delighted to see Mr. having added her name to the list as the first offering to the success of the season. Parker could not be satisfied without an early visit to the library and the library subscription book. Davis and Miss Merryweather. to wait on her. Parker could not but feel that the list was not only without distinction but less numerous than he had hoped. Mathews. was busy in some immediate purchases for the further good of everybody as soon as Miss Whitby could be hurried down from her toilette. Miss H. the eldest daughter is formally "Miss (Last Name)". Miss Fisher. It was emptiness and tranquility on the Terrace. the promised large families from Surrey and Camberwell were an ever-ready consolation. whose names might be said to lead off the season.N. Brown. Miss E. but in general. Lieutenant Smith R.Chapter 6 THE PARTY were very soon moving after dinner. who was forced to move early and walk for health.
but we get back to our own tea. "I will not have you hurry your tea on my account. it happened to be a volume of Camilla. She took up a book. and therefore the stroll on the cliff gave way to an immediate return home. Miss Clara and I will get back to our own tea." said her Ladyship. 21 22 34 ." She went on however towards Trafalgar House and took possession of the drawing room very quietly without seeming to hear a word of Mrs. They had been to Trafalgar House and been directed thence to the library. upright and alert in her motions. the Regency-era library also sold gift-shop items and tickets to social events (Drabble. and though Lady Denham was a great deal too active to regard the walk of a mile as anything requiring rest. its improbably unlucky heroine is seventeen years old at the end of the book.which was inspiring the good will she seemed to feel. We came out with no other thought. No. 22 She had not Camilla's youth. no. Charlotte was fully consoled for the loss of her walk by finding herself in company with those whom the conversation of the morning had given her a great curiosity to see. And In addition to circulating books. We wanted just to see you and make sure of your being really come . "Notes" 219). and had no intention of having her distress. as they entered. My early hours are not to put my neighbors to inconvenience. Charlotte began to feel that she must check herself . She observed them well.and that it would not do for her to be spending all her money the very first evening.a civility and readiness to be acquainted with Charlotte herself and a heartiness of welcome towards her old friends . afforded everything: all the useless things in the world that could not be done without 21. "No.The library. to bring tea directly. with a shrewd eye and self-satisfied air but not an unagreeable countenance. and among so many pretty temptations. stout. repressed further solicitation and paid for what she had bought. Parker's orders to the servant. the Parkers knew that to be pressed into their house and obliged to take her tea with them would suit her best. I know you like your tea late. and though her manner was rather downright and abrupt. no. there was a good humor and cordiality about her . but as they quitted the library they were met by two ladies whose arrival made an alteration necessary: Lady Denham and Miss Brereton. and with so much good will for Mr. as of a person who valued herself on being free-spoken. of course. For her particular gratification. Frances Burney’s Camilla (1796) was a popular romantic novel of the era. they were then to take a turn on the cliff. and talked of going home again directly. Parker to encourage expenditure.or rather she reflected that at two and twenty there could be no excuse for her doing otherwise . so she turned from the drawers of rings and brooches. Lady Denham was of middle height.
its present number of visitants and the chances of a good season. These feelings were not the result of any spirit of romance in Charlotte herself. Parker's praise that Charlotte thought she had never beheld a more lovely or more interesting young woman. than her coadjutor. her appearance so completely justified Mr. The conversation turned entirely upon Sanditon. according to Drabble. It was evident that Lady Denham had more anxiety. a sweetly modest and yet naturally graceful address. sufficiently well-read in novels to supply her imagination with amusement. She could see nothing worse in Lady Denham than the sort of old-fashioned formality of always calling her Miss Clara. No. than West Indians 23. Charlotte could see in her only the most perfect representation of whatever heroine might be most beautiful and bewitching in all the numerous volumes they had left behind on Mrs. especially in the form of the most barbarous conduct on Lady Denham's side. "Very good." "No people spend more freely. regularly handsome. she found no reluctance to admit from subsequent observation that they appeared to be on very comfortable terms. the group is "clearly" referring to a wealthy settler family ("Notes" 220). 35 . Such poverty and dependence joined to such beauty and merit seemed to leave no choice in the business. Whitby's shelves. I believe. That sounds well. Elegantly tall. That will bring money. She wanted to have the place fill faster and seemed to have many harassing apprehensions of the lodgings being in some instances underlet. and while she pleased herself the first five minutes with fancying the persecution which ought to be the lot of the interesting Clara. on the other grateful and affectionate respect. Perhaps it might be partly owing to her having just issued from a circulating library but she could not separate the idea of a complete heroine from Clara Brereton. but not at all unreasonably influenced by them. On one side it seemed protecting kindness. Her situation with Lady Denham was so very much in favor of it! She seemed placed with her on purpose to be ill-used." observed Mr. the term "West Indian" could refer to both the indigenous population and the European settlers. Parker." said her Ladyship. very good. Miss Diana Parker's two large families were not forgotten.as for Miss Brereton. with great delicacy of complexion and soft blue eyes. more fears of loss. 23 During this period. "A West Indian family and a school. nor anything objectionable in the degree of observance and attention which Clara paid. she was a very sober-minded young lady.
" she cried. I am not a woman of parade as all the world knows." "Oh! Well. that young lady smiles. I see. is it? No harm in that. Oh! Pray. though. Parker got no more credit from Lady Denham than he had from his sisters for the object which had taken him to Willingden. But perhaps the little misses may hurt the furniture. I hope they will have a good sharp governess to look after them. my dear. Our butchers and bakers and traders in general cannot get rich without bringing prosperity to us. so I have heard. our rents must be insecure. Mr. what should we do with a doctor here? It would be only encouraging our servants and the poor to fancy themselves ill if there was a doctor at hand. Parker. Aye. There is the sea and the downs and my milch asses." "My dear Madam. I dare say she thinks me an odd sort of creature. And if they come among us to raise the price of our necessaries of life. maybe."Aye. a French boarding school. they who scatter their money so freely never think of whether they may not be doing mischief by raising the price of things. and if it was not for what I owe to poor Mr. "How could you think of such a thing? I am very sorry you met with your accident. depend upon it. let us have none of the tribe at Sanditon. Mr. and because they have full purses fancy themselves equal. "Lord! My dear sir. And I shall keep it down as long as I can. But I should not like to have butcher's meat raised. And I do believe those are best off that have fewest servants. And I have told Mrs. Going after a doctor! Why. Hollis's memory. Whitby that if 36 . And out of such a number. They'll stay their six weeks. But then. Well. And I have heard that's very much the case with your West Indians. who knows but some may be consumptive and want asses' milk. you deserved it. I should never keep up Sanditon House as I do. we shall not much thank them. yes. If they do not gain." Poor Mr. and the other is a boarding school. to your old country families. Yes. It is not for my own pleasure. and I have two milch asses at this present time. you will be thinking of the price of butcher's meat in time. We go on very well as we are. but she will come to care about such matters herself in time. but upon my word. and in proportion to their profit must be ours eventually in the increased value of our houses. they can only raise the price of consumable articles by such an extraordinary demand for them and such a diffusion of money among us as must do us more good than harm. Parker. though you may not happen to have quite such a servants' hall to feed as I have.
you should not indeed . I believe Miss Clara and I must stay." The chamber-horse was an early exercise machine.and never saw the face of a doctor in all my life on my own account. I beseech you Mr. no doctors here. resembling a regular chair with its seat replaced by a sideways accordion for bouncing. Parker. my dear Mrs. they may be supplied at a fair rate . "Oh.and what can people want for more? Here have I lived seventy good years in the world and never took physic above twice . But since you are so very neighborly. Hollis's chamber-horse. as good as new .com/video/wooden-bygones# (1:14). he would have been alive now." The tea things were brought in. 24 37 . A chamber-horse can be seen in action at http://www. And I verily believe if my poor dear Sir Harry had never seen one neither. somewhat like an exercise ball.poor Mr. Parker. one after another. Ten fees.why would you do so? I was just upon the point of wishing you good evening.britishpathe.anybody inquires for a chamber-horse24. did the man take who sent him out of the world.
from the low French windows of the drawing room which commanded the road and all the paths across the down. and found them.and she soon perceived that he had a fine countenance. Charlotte was glad to complete her knowledge of the family by an introduction to them. among them. Charlotte and Sir Edward as they sat could not but observe Lady Denham and Miss Brereton walking by. I make no apologies for my heroine's vanity. and the duty of letter writing being accomplished. which would arise from his evidently disregarding his sister's motion to go. not merely for moving. she thought him agreeable and did not quarrel with the suspicion of his finding her equally so. two-wheeled carriage drawn by one horse. giving the idea of one who felt her consequence with pride and her poverty with discontent. 38 . The Denhams were the only ones to excite particular attention. I know them not and never wish to know them.Chapter 7 THE POPULARITY of the Parkers brought them some visitors the very next morning.and very much to Charlotte. and who was immediately gnawed by the want of a handsomer equipage than the simple gig 25 in which they travelled. of how agreeable he had 25 A gig is a small. talked much . He came into the room remarkably well. and placed her in a more capable state of judging. a most pleasing gentleness of voice and a great deal of conversation. Parker in the drawing room in time to see them all. when Sir Edward was gone. and persisting in his station and his discourse. Sober-minded as she was.with an anxious glance after them as they proceeded . Miss Denham was a fine young woman. by whom he chanced to be placed . the single horse carriage would be an embarrassing reminder of her relative poverty. the gentleman may sometimes be thought the better half of the pair) not unworthy of notice. cured her of her half-hour's fever. the better half at least (for while single. and there was instantly a slight change in Sir Edward's countenance . At last. For a lady of Miss Denham's class. Charlotte was settled with Mrs. but yet more to be remarked for his very good address and wish of paying attention and giving pleasure.followed by an early proposal to his sister. If there are young ladies in the world at her time of life more dull of fancy and more careless of pleasing.certainly handsome. Sir Edward was much her superior in air and manner . but for walking on together to the Terrace. which altogether gave a hasty turn to Charlotte's fancy. Sir Edward Denham and his sister who having been at Sanditon House. She liked him. but cold and reserved. and which their groom was leading about still in her sight. drove on to pay their compliments.
to Miss Denham at Lady Denham's elbow. but though united in the gross. but she was inclined to think not very favorably. and ran with energy through all the usual phrases employed in praise of their sublimity and descriptive of the indescribable emotions they excite in the mind of sensibility." said he. "Perhaps there was a good deal in his air and address. "Scott's beautiful lines on the sea? Oh! What a description they convey! They are never out of my thoughts when I walk here. The difference in Miss Denham's countenance.actually been. The first object of the Parkers. and there. and his title did him no harm. That 39 . was to get out themselves. Everybody who walked must begin with the Terrace. its mariners tempting it in sunshine and overwhelmed by the sudden tempest . just as satire or morality might prevail. Stationing himself close by her. was very striking . rather commonplace perhaps. There could be no doubt of his devotion to Clara. for though sitting thus apart with him (which probably she might not have been able to prevent) her air was calm and grave. That the young lady at the other end of the bench was doing penance was indubitable. its quick vicissitudes. in a tone of great taste and feeling. He began. seated on one of the two green benches by the gravel walk. The Terrace was the attraction to all. listening and talking with smiling attention or solicitous eagerness. the change from Miss Denham sitting in cold grandeur in Mrs. How Clara received it was less obvious.all were eagerly and fluently touched. very distinctly divided again: the two superior ladies being at one end of the bench." She was very soon in his company again. and by addressing his attentions entirely to herself. to talk of the sea and the seashore. The terrific grandeur of the ocean in a storm. its gulls and its samphire and the deep fathoms of its abysses. when their house was cleared of morning visitors. and Sir Edward and Miss Brereton at the other. Miss Denham's character was pretty well decided with Charlotte. its direful deceptions. Charlotte's first glance told her that Sir Edward's air was that of a lover. Sir Edward's required longer observation. He surprised her by quitting Clara immediately on their all joining and agreeing to walk. until he began to stagger her by the number of his quotations and the bewilderment of some of his sentences. but doing very well from the lips of a handsome Sir Edward. Parker's drawing room. to be kept from silence by the efforts of others. they found the united Denham party.and very amusing or very melancholy. he seemed to mean to detach her as much as possible from the rest of the party and to give her the whole of his conversation. its glass surface in a calm. and she could not but think him a man of feeling. "Do you remember.
'Oh. 40 .but Burns is always on fire. "Wordsworth" and "Campbell" probably refer to James Montgomery (1771-1854). William Wordsworth (1770-1850) and Thomas Campbell (1777-1844). more melting. Sometimes indeed a flash of feeling seems to irradiate him. several months after the start of their affair. Woman in our hours of ease' . of Burns’ lines to his Mary? Oh! There is pathos to madden one! 27 If ever there was a man who felt. what think you. Wordsworth has the true soul of it. he would have been immortal. Sir Edward quotes from "Marmion" (1808) and "The Lady of the Lake" (1810).but tame. 26 But while we are on the subject of poetry. in either of Scott's poems. descriptive . Campbell in his pleasures of hope has touched the extreme of our sensations Like angels' visits. who died in October 1786." "Do you not indeed? Nor can I exactly recall the beginning at this moment. that unequalled.man who can read them unmoved must have the nerves of an assassin! Heaven defend me from meeting such a man unarmed. His soul was the altar in which lovely woman sat enshrined. But you cannot have forgotten his description of woman — Oh. few and far between. as in the lines we were speaking of . Montgomery has all the fire of poetry. elegant." 26 27 28 Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) was at this point more famous for his poetry than his novels. "Montgomery".I confess my sense of his preeminence. Given that the subject is emotive poets of the era. his spirit truly breathed the immortal incense which is her due. And then again. Miss Heywood. it is the want of passion. Tender. Woman in our hours of ease Delicious! Delicious! Had he written nothing more. etcetera." "What description do you mean?" said Charlotte. unrivalled address to parental affection Some feelings are to mortals given With less of earth in them than heaven. The man who cannot do justice to the attributes of woman is my contempt. Miss Heywood.28 Can you conceive anything more subduing. of the sea. If Scott has a fault. Robert Burns (1759-1796) dedicated several poems to his lover and probable troth-plight Mary Campbell. it was Burns. more fraught with the deep sublime than that line? But Burns . "I remember none at this moment.
"nor can any woman be a fair judge of what a man may be propelled to say. and they united their agreeableness. unless he could do no better. He seemed very sentimental." 29 "Oh! No."I have read several of Burns' poems with great delight. and very much addicted to all the newest-fashioned hard words. not including Mary Campbell who is believed to have been pregnant with his child at her death. and being moreover by no means pleased with his extraordinary style of compliment. not very moral. must be southerly.but if Charlotte understood it at all. It was done to pique Miss Brereton. The future might explain him further. like a true great lady. and talked a good deal by rote. and Charlotte listened. but why he should talk so much nonsense. she felt that she had had quite enough of Sir Edward for one morning and very gladly accepted Lady Denham's invitation of remaining on the Terrace with her. are perhaps incompatible with some of the prosaic decencies of life. I have difficulty in depending on the truth of his feelings as a lover. "He was all ardor and truth! His genius and his susceptibilities might lead him into some aberrations .but who is perfect? It were hypercriticism. to engage Miss Heywood's thoughts!" She began to think him downright silly. "I really know nothing of the matter. and poor Burns' known irregularities greatly interrupt my enjoyment of his lines. He felt and he wrote and he forgot. that is. she had learnt to understand. Sir Edward with looks of very gallant despair in tearing himself away. Lady Denham. had not a very clear brain." said Charlotte as soon as she had time to speak. "But I am not poetic enough to separate a man's poetry entirely from his character. This is a charming day. she presumed. happy wind. nor can you. The coruscations of talent. I fancy. it were pseudo-philosophy to expect from the soul of high-toned genius the grovelings of a common mind." exclaimed Sir Edward in an ecstasy. She had read it. The others all left them. loveliest Miss Heywood. in an anxious glance or two on his side. The wind. was unintelligible. His choosing to walk with her. no. Robert Burns had 12 children by three women. write or do by the sovereign impulses of illimitable ardor." "Happy. I have not faith in the sincerity of the affections of a man of his description. But when there was a proposition for going into the library. she gravely answered. elicited by impassioned feeling in the breast of man. very full of some feeling or other. talked and talked only of her own concerns. 41 . 29 Between 1785-1796." This was very fine ." speaking with an air of deep sentiment.
" She said this with a look at her companion which implied its right to produce a great impression. and we must not find fault with the dead. "He did not bequeath it to his nephew. things do not stand 42 . my dear. No. My young folks. with a bit of a sigh. I am not very easily taken in. And when he died. For though I am only the dowager. thought at first to have got more. as I call them sometimes." Charlotte could think of nothing more harmless to be said than the simple inquiry of . I always take care to know what I am about and who I have to deal with before I stir a finger. But. and it is not the only kind thing I have done by him."Sir Edward and Miss Denham?" "Yes. but it need not have been binding if I had not chose it. added quickly. I have been a very liberal friend to Sir Edward. trust me. and very delighted and thankful they were. but I saw what she was about. Taking hold of Charlotte's arm with the ease of one who felt that any notice from her was an honor. And that is a good deal for a woman to say that has been married twice. Certainly there was no strain of doubtful sentiment nor any phrase of difficult interpretation in Lady Denham's discourse. I would not have you think that I only notice them for poor dear Sir Harry's sake. I do not think I was ever overreached in my life. he needs it bad enough. that he should wish his nephew to have his watch. for I take them very much by the hand. But I shan't. from Monday to Monday. and communicative from the influence of the same conscious importance or a natural love of talking. for a week. Poor dear Sir Harry. It was not in the will. I had them with me last summer. my dear. about this time. Nobody could live happier together than us . For they are very good young people. and he is the heir. I gave Sir Edward his gold watch. they would not be so much in my company. "Miss Esther wants me to invite her and her brother to spend a week with me at Sanditon House. my dear. he is gone. she immediately said in a tone of great satisfaction and with a look of arch sagacity. quite the gentleman of ancient family. no.and he was a very honorable man. my dear. and seeing no rapturous astonishment in Charlotte's countenance.amused in considering the contrast between her two companions. as I did last summer. they are very deserving themselves or. and that but once. my dear. She has been trying to get round me every way with her praise of this and her praise of that. And poor young man. It was no bequest. He only told me. between ourselves. I saw through it all. my dear. "Yes." "Very kind indeed! Very handsome!" said Charlotte. absolutely forced to affect admiration. I am not the woman to help anybody blindfold.
but no property.and if she was ordered to drink asses' milk I could supply her . young ladies that have no money are very much to be pitied! But." said Charlotte. landed or funded. "Yes. or even a co-. but Charlotte directly saw that it was laying her open to suspicion by Lady Denham's giving a shrewd glance at her and replying. It is I that help him. as soon as she got well. "if Miss Esther thinks to talk me into inviting them to come and stay at Sanditon House. Sir Edward has no payments to make me. for Sir Edward must marry for money." cried Lady Denham. A handsome young fellow like him will go smirking and smiling about and paying girls compliments. And it is to be hoped that some lady of large fortune will think so. or widows with only a jointure. Clergymen maybe." "Indeed! He is a very fine young man." after a short pause. but he knows he must marry for money. 30 43 ." This was said chiefly for the sake of saying something. "with such personal advantages may be almost sure of getting a woman of fortune. A jointure is the legal provision made for a wife after her husband’s death. Matters are altered with me A half-pay officer is one who is retired or not in active service. 30 And what good can such people do anybody? Except just as they take our empty houses and. as far as I can learn. or half-pay officers. None of these people would be part of the landholding class. "And if we could but get a young heiress to Sanditon! But heiresses are monstrous scarce! I do not think we have had an heiress here. it is not one in a hundred of them that have any real property. since Sanditon has been a public place. or lawyers from town. yes. He don't stand uppermost. particularly elegant in his address." "And Miss Esther must marry somebody of fortune too. He and I often talk that matter over. She must get a rich husband. if he chooses it. Now if we could get a young heiress to be sent here for her health . he is very well to look at. An income perhaps. she will find herself mistaken." This glorious sentiment seemed quite to remove suspicion." "Sir Edward Denham. that's very sensibly said. Not a shilling do I receive from the Denham estate. believe me. Ah. Families come after families but. And Sir Edward is a very steady young man in the main and has got very good notions. have her fall in love with Sir Edward!" "That would be very fortunate indeed. between ourselves. "Aye my dear. I think they are great fools for not staying at home.and.between us in the way they commonly do between those two parties.
with great glee. She kept her countenance and she kept a civil silence. Charlotte was not prepared." She spoke this so seriously that Charlotte instantly saw in it the evidence of real penetration and prepared for some fuller remarks. I had not expected anything so bad. Parker spoke too mildly of her.three on this very Terrace. Four and Eight. may be too large for them. but without attempting to listen longer. His judgment is evidently not to be trusted. why don't they take lodgings? Here are a great many empty houses . am I to be filling my house to the prejudice of Sanditon? If people want to be by the sea. and only conscious that Lady Denham was still talking on in the same way. in giving her my 44 . you know. But she is very. I shall advise them to come and take one of these lodgings for a fortnight. he fancies she feels like him in others. He has persuaded her to engage in the same speculation. my dear. Lady Denham soon added. And I am mean." Charlotte's feelings were divided between amusement and indignation. Eight. She could not carry her forbearance farther. I must judge for myself.but they are obliged to be mean in their servility to her. you know. He is too kind-hearted to see clearly. allowed her thoughts to form themselves into such a meditation as this: "She is thoroughly mean. too." For objections of this nature. If they had hard places. No fewer than three lodging papers staring me in the face at this very moment. but either of the two others are nice little snug houses. "And besides all this. and because their object in that line is the same. "I have no fancy for having my house as full as a hotel. I have Miss Clara with me now which makes a great difference. They have Miss Clara's room to put to rights as well as my own every day.how far nature meant them to be respectable I cannot tell . I should not choose to have my two housemaids' time taken up all the morning in dusting out bedrooms. very fit for a young gentleman and his sister. His own good nature misleads him. but it was followed only by. my dear. the corner house. She found it so impossible even to affect sympathy that she could say nothing. Mr. Don't you think that will be very fair? Charity begins at home. I can see no good in her. And so. they would want higher wages. very mean. And their very connection prejudices him. but indignation had the larger and the increasing share. This poor Sir Edward and his sister .since last summer. Numbers Three. the next time Miss Esther begins talking about the dampness of Denham Park and the good bathing always does her. Poor Miss Brereton! And she makes everybody mean about her.
Thus it is.attention with the appearance of coinciding with her." 45 . when rich people are sordid.
to be conversant with them. indomitable decision. I am sure?" "I am not quite certain that I do. achieve all to obtain her. illimitable ardor. You understand me. We have many leisure hours and read a great deal. dare all. such as show her in the sublimities of intense feeling. And even when the event is mainly anti-prosperous to the high-toned machinations of the prime character . My sister wanted my counsel in the selection of some books. The novels which I approve are such as display human nature with grandeur. Such are the works which I peruse with delight and." 46 . You will never hear me advocating those puerile emanations which detail nothing but discordant principles incapable of amalgamation. These are the novels which enlarge the primitive capabilities of the heart. were followed by a young Whitby running off with five volumes under his arm to Sir Edward's gig. approaching Charlotte." said Charlotte. pervading hero of the story ." "If I understand you aright. unbounded views. our hearts are paralyzed. and Sir Edward. It would be pseudo-philosophy to assert that we do not feel more enwrapped by the brilliancy of his career than by the tranquil and morbid virtues of any opposing character. "You may perceive what has been our occupation. They hold forth the most splendid portraitures of high conceptions. and it cannot impugn the sense or be any dereliction of the character of the most anti-puerile man. or those vapid tissues of ordinary occurrences from which no useful deductions can be drawn. we distill nothing which can add to science. fair questioner. In vain may we put them into a literary alembic.the potent.it leaves us full of generous emotions for him. such as exhibit the progress of strong passion from the first germ of incipient susceptibility to the utmost energies of reason half-dethroned.Chapter 8 THE TWO LADIES continued walking together until rejoined by the others. said. who. But if you will describe the sort of novels of which you do approve. with amelioration." "Most willingly. The mere trash of the common circulating library I hold in the highest contempt. "our taste in novels is not at all the same. I hope I may say. as they issued from the library.though at the risk of some aberration from the strict line of primitive obligations to hazard all. I am no indiscriminate novel reader. I dare say it will give me a clearer idea. Our approbation of the latter is but eleemosynary. where we see the strong spark of woman's captivations elicit such fire in the soul of man as leads him .
All three novels center on the abduction of a poor but virtuous young woman by a witty. the sagacity and the perseverance of the villain of the story out-weighed all his absurdities and all his atrocities with Sir Edward. With such personal advantages as he knew himself to possess. But it was Clara alone on whom he had serious designs. and mourned over its discomfitures with more tenderness. With a perversity of judgment which must be attributed to his not having by nature a very strong head. whom circumstances had confined very much to one spot. It interested and inflamed him. and The History of Sir Charles Grandison (1753). Miss Denham being much too tired of them all to stay any longer. Virtue Rewarded (1740). he was entitled (according to his own views of society) to approach with high compliment and rhapsody on the slightest acquaintance. Clarissa: Or the History of a Young Lady (1748). and such talents as he did also give himself credit for. His fancy had been early caught by all the impassioned and most exceptionable parts of Richardson's. He felt that he was formed to be a dangerous man. Sir Edward's great object in life was to be seductive. he kidnaps. quite in the line of the Lovelaces. 31 And such authors as had since appeared to tread in Richardson's steps (so far as man's determined pursuit of woman in defiance of every opposition of feeling and convenience was concerned) had since occupied the greater part of his literary hours. To be generally gallant and assiduous about the fair. 32 The very name of Sir Edward. And he was always more anxious for its success. he gathered only hard words and involved sentences from the style of our most approved writers.And here they were obliged to part. had read more sentimental novels than agreed with him. Miss Heywood. and formed his character. 31 32 47 . he thought. the graces. The truth was that Sir Edward. Robert Lovelace is the villain of Richardson’s book Clarissa. letters. carried some degree of fascination with it. and with the same ill-luck which made him derive only false principles from lessons of morality. was but the inferior part of the character he had to play. Samuel Richardson (1689-1761) wrote three popular epistolary novels: Pamela: Or. it was Clara whom he meant to seduce. it would be unjust to say that he read nothing else or that his language was not formed on a more general knowledge of modern literature. than could ever have been contemplated by the authors. fire and feeling. He read all the essays. rapes. With him such conduct was genius. tours and criticisms of the day. and incentives to vice from the history of its overthrow. and imprisons the heroine for months. upper-class rake. Though he owed many of his ideas to this sort of reading. to make fine speeches to every pretty girl. drugs. he regarded it as his duty. or any other young woman with any pretensions to beauty. the spirit. supposedly out of an uncontrollable passion.
But the expense (alas!) of measures in that masterly style was illsuited to his purse. and had now been long trying with cautious assiduity to make an impression on her heart and to undermine her principles. and he felt a strong curiosity to ascertain whether the neighborhood of Timbuktu might not afford some solitary house adapted for Clara's reception. Her situation in every way called for it. Already had he had many musings on the subject. to exceed those who had gone before him. he must carry her off. If she could not be won by affection. He was armed against the highest pitch of disdain or aversion. A greater degree of discouragement indeed would not have affected Sir Edward. she was young. He knew his business. He had very early seen the necessity of the case.Her seduction was quite determined on. She was his rival in Lady Denham's favor. but she bore with him patiently enough to confirm the sort of attachment which her personal charms had raised. he must naturally wish to strike out something new. and prudence obliged him to prefer the quietest sort of ruin and disgrace for the object of his affections to the more renowned. 48 . If he were constrained so to act. lovely and dependent. Clara saw through him and had not the least intention of being seduced.
and convinced that it could be no acquaintance of her own. her "How do you do." "All three come! What! Susan and Arthur! Susan able to come too! This is better and better. some respectable family determined on a long residence. just as she ascended from the sands to the Terrace. But she had not reached the little lawn when she saw a lady walking nimbly behind her at no great distance. delicate-looking rather than sickly. 49 . 33 She began an account of herself without delay. The ease of the lady. she resolved to hurry on and get into the house if possible before her. as very lately arrived and by the quantity of luggage being taken off bringing. and Mrs. her manners resembling her brother's in their ease and frankness. of middling height and slender. she proceeded to Trafalgar House with as much alacrity as could remain after having contended for the last two hours with a very fine wind blowing directly on shore. a gentleman's carriage with post horses standing at the door of the hotel. they were just equally ready for entering the house. soon after Charlotte's arrival at Sanditon she had the pleasure of seeing. Nothing could be kinder than her reception from both husband and wife. Parker. it might be hoped.Chapter 9 ONE DAY. and when the servant appeared. Delighted to have such good news for Mr. Morgan?" and Morgan's looks on seeing her were a moment's astonishment. though with more decision and less mildness in her tone. Parker into the hall to welcome the sister he had seen from the drawing room. How did she come? And with whom? And they were so glad to find her equal to the journey! And that she was to belong to them was taken as a matter of course. There was a great deal of surprise but still more pleasure in seeing her. and Charlotte was soon introduced to Miss Diana Parker. Miss Diana Parker was about four and thirty." 33 The introduction of Diana as "Miss Diana Parker" indicates that she is the younger Parker sister. but another moment brought Mr. But the stranger's pace did not allow this to be accomplished. Charlotte was on the steps and had rung but the door was not open when the other crossed the lawn. who had both gone home some time before. Thanking them for their invitation but "that was quite out of the question for they were all three come and meant to get into lodgings and make some stay. with an agreeable face and a very animated eye.
I have had a thousand fears for her. I am so glad to see you walk so well. I know them only through others. and wrote to ask the opinion of her friend Mrs. and as this is not so common with her as with me. how active and how kind you have been!" "The West Indians. I told you in my letter of the two considerable families I was hoping to secure for you. between us. Now. She desired her best love with a thousand regrets at being so poor a creature that she could not come with me. as the best of the good. But my dear Mary. the West Indians and the seminary. 50 .so that we got her out of the carriage extremely well with only Mr. now for the explanation of my being here. the particular friend of my very particular friend Fanny Noyce." "And how has Susan borne the journey? And how is Arthur? And why do we not see him here with you?" "Susan has borne it wonderfully. And when I left her she was directing the disposal of the luggage and helping old Sam uncord the trunks. "whom I look upon as the most desirable of the two. And as for poor Arthur. Cite unavoidable. I knew Miss Heywood the moment I saw her before me on the down. Woodcock's assistance. That's right. yes. But she has kept up wonderfully . My dear Tom. prove to be a Mrs. he would not have been unwilling himself. "Yes. Miss Heywood must have seen our carriage standing at the hotel. send for the children . The play of your sinews a very little affected. and not a link wanting. wanted something private." Here Mr. Let me feel your ankle. all right and clean. Well. Darling. Miss Capper is extremely intimate with a Mrs."Yes. Parker drew his chair still nearer to his sister and took her hand again most affectionately as he answered. She had not a wink of sleep either the night before we set out or last night at Chichester.no hysterics of consequence until we came within sight of poor old Sanditon . Griffiths meant to go to the sea for her young peoples' benefit. Griffiths and her family. Only a short chain. who is on terms of constant correspondence with Mrs. and so I helped him on with his great coat and sent him off to the Terrace to take us lodgings.I long to see them. Nothing else to be done." she continued. but there is so much wind that I did not think he could safely venture for I am sure there is lumbago hanging about him. barely perceptible. You shall hear all about it. Griffiths herself.and the attack was not very violent .nearly over by the time we reached your hotel . you see. we are actually all come. Mrs. had fixed on the coast of Sussex but was undecided as to the where. You must have heard me mention Miss Capper.
I know nobody like you. I had the pleasure of hearing soon afterwards by the same simple link of connection that Sanditon had been recommended by Mrs. who by a letter from Mrs." "Oh.Darling. She wrote the same day to Fanny Noyce and mentioned it to her. Well?" "The reason of this hesitation was her having no connections in the place. all alive for us. whether to offer to write to you or to Mrs. Darling. my love. But I seem to be spinning out my story to an endless length.yes. The same thought had occurred to her. One sees clearly enough by all this the sort of woman Mrs. which have but lately transpired. Darling when Mrs.probably a niece . There was but one thing for me to do. left Chichester at the same hour today . is not she a wonderful creature? Well. saying that she had heard from Miss Capper. But we are not born to equal energy. Griffiths had expressed herself in a letter to Mrs.and here we are. This was the state of the case when I wrote to you.except as to names. you are unequalled in serving your friends and doing good to all the world. and Fanny. Our plan was arranged immediately. Am I clear? I would be anything rather than not clear. and that the West Indians were very much disposed to go thither.under her care than on her own account or her daughters'. I sounded Susan. I answered Fanny's letter by the same post and pressed for the recommendation of Sanditon. and now. I hate to employ others when I am equal to act myself. Arthur made no difficulties. and my conscience told me that this was an occasion which called for me. but neither pleased me. a young lady . What was to be done? I had a few moments' indecision. Miss Capper happened to be staying with Mrs. we were off yesterday morning at six. Griffiths must be: as helpless and indolent as wealth and a hot climate are apt to make us. Miss Lambe has an immense fortune richer than all the rest . Griffiths' letter arrived and was consulted on the question. Parker.I heard again from Fanny Noyce. and no means of ascertaining that she should have good accommodations on arriving there. the day before yesterday . instantly took up her pen and forwarded the circumstance to me .and very delicate health. perfectly. But two days ago . Darling more doubtingly on the subject of Sanditon. and she was particularly careful and scrupulous on all those matters more on account of a certain Miss Lambe. what house do you design to engage for them? What is the size of their family?" 51 . You see how it was all managed. perfectly. "Diana. Fanny had feared your having no house large enough to receive such a family. Here was a family of helpless invalids whom I might essentially serve. Darling understood that Mrs. Mary. Whitby to secure them a house." "Excellent! Excellent!" cried Mr.
it is not a feeble body which will excuse us . I see by the position of your foot that you have used it too much already." The words "unaccountable officiousness!" "activity run mad!" had just passed through Charlotte's mind. my dear Tom. Griffiths. but I am very sure that the largest house at Sanditon cannot be too large. "I dare say I do look surprised. and that but for a week certain. "I will come to you the moment I have dined. upon no account in the world shall you stir a step on any business of mine." said she. "Cannot you dine with us? Is not it possible to prevail on you to dine with us?" was then the cry. never heard any particulars. I shall take only one. "No. I astonish you. but a civil answer was easy. And as long as we can exert ourselves to be of use to others. "have not the least idea. and I know what invalids both you and your sister are. "and we will go about together." "Invalids indeed. between those who can act and those who cannot. "And when shall we see you again? And how can we be of use to you?" And Mr. it was.or incline us to excuse ourselves."I do not at all know. Parker warmly offered his assistance in taking the house for Mrs. I am convinced that the body is the better for the refreshment the mind receives in doing its duty. I have been perfectly well. I see by your looks that you are not used to such quick measures. And that being absolutely negative. No. My sister's complaints and mine are happily not often of a nature to threaten existence immediately. we are sent into this world to be as extensively useful as possible. she prepared to go. They are more likely to want a second. and where some degree of strength of mind is given. Miss Heywood. Your ankle wants rest." The entrance of the children ended this little panegyric on her own disposition. Our 52 ." said he. I shall go about my house-taking directly. and after having noticed and caressed them all. however. I trust there are not three people in England who have so sad a right to that appellation! But my dear Miss Heywood. "because these are very great exertions. The world is pretty much divided between the weak of mind and the strong. While I have been travelling with this object in view." But this was immediately declined." replied his sister. and it is the bounden duty of the capable to let no opportunity of being useful escape them. You hardly know what to make of me.
I never eat for about a week after a journey.dinner is not ordered until six.e. 34 You should not move again after dinner." cried his wife. he is only too much disposed for food. certain.I do not know her name . lately. and by that time I hope to have completed it." 34 35 I. "The Camberwell seminary. and just at present I shall want nothing. Camberwell will be here to a certainty. But as for Arthur. That good woman . As to seeing me again today.Mrs. who actually attends the seminary and gives lessons on eloquence and belles lettres 35 to some of the girls. Parker. 53 . I assure you." said Mr." "No. I grant you. "for dinner is such a mere name with you all that it can do you no good. Have we a good chance of them?" "Oh." "I think you are doing too much. Susan never eats. Parker as he walked with her to the door of the house." "My appetite is very much mended. but as soon as I get back I shall hear what Arthur has done about our own lodgings. I will tell you how I got at her." "But you have not told me anything of the other family coming to Sanditon. But I had a letter three days ago from my friend Mrs. but he seemed to like the commission. and probably the moment dinner is over shall be out again on business relative to them. "You will knock yourself up. Mrs. Without my appearing however . and very soon. belles lettres was the written counterpart to "eloquence" and one of the key accomplishments of well-bred young ladies. Griffiths. I know what your appetites are. and he recommended Sanditon. We are often obliged to check him. for we hope to get into some lodgings or other and be settled after breakfast tomorrow. can travel and choose for herself. I have been taking some bitters of my own decocting. It is now only half past four. I cannot answer for it. Quite certain. who has a relation lately settled at Clapham. indeed you should not. I got this man a hare from one of Sidney's friends. Charles Dupuis which assured me of Camberwell. I had forgotten them for the moment. I have not much confidence in poor Arthur's skill for lodging-taking.not being so wealthy and independent as Mrs. Literally " beautiful writing"." said Mr. which have done wonders. Charles Dupuis managed it all. " make yourself sick". Charles Dupuis lives almost next door to a lady. The others will be at the hotel all the evening and delighted to see you at any time.
more relaxed in 54 . whom.Chapter 10 IT WAS NOT A WEEK since Miss Diana Parker had been told by her feelings that the sea air would probably. but Charlotte had only two or three views of Miss Diana posting over the down after a house for this lady whom she had never seen and who had never employed her. Charlotte approached with a peculiar degree of respectful compassion. The Parkers were no doubt a family of imagination and quick feelings. be the death of her. They were in one of the Terrace houses. was not very unlike her sister in person or manner. It would seem that they must either be very busy for the good of others or else extremely ill themselves. and she found them arranged for the evening in a small neat drawing room with a beautiful view of the sea if they had chosen it. Parker spent a great part of the evening at the hotel. and there was vanity in all they did. Mr. but though it had been a very fair English summer day. and now she was at Sanditon. Some natural delicacy of constitution. remembering the three teeth drawn in one day. Disorders and recoveries so very much out of the common way seemed more like the amusement of eager minds in want of employment than of actual afflictions and relief. their brother and sister and herself were entreated to drink tea with them. It was impossible for Charlotte not to suspect a good deal of fancy in such an extraordinary state of health. the sisters were perhaps driven to dissipate theirs in the invention of odd complaints. and while the eldest brother found vent for his superfluity of sensation as a projector. part was laid out in a zeal for being useful. They had charitable hearts and many amiable feelings. being removed into lodgings and all the party continuing quite well. The whole of their mental vivacity was evidently not so employed. but the sofa and the table and the establishment in general was all at the other end of the room by a brisk fire. She was not made acquainted with the others until the following day when. in her present state. the love of distinction and the love of the wonderful. had given them an early tendency at various times to various disorders. not only was there no open window. especially quack medicine. the rest of their sufferings was from fancy. and Mrs. with an unfortunate turn for medicine. intending to make some stay and without appearing to have the slightest recollection of having written or felt any such thing. though more thin and worn by illness and medicine. but a spirit of restless activity and the glory of doing more than anybody else had their share in every exertion of benevolence. Miss Parker. as well as in all they endured. in fact.
principal mover and actor.air and more subdued in voice. broad-made and lusty. Susan had only superintended their final removal from the hotel. She had been on her feet the whole morning. Had there been a third carriage.by walking and talking down a thousand difficulties at last secured a proper house at eight guineas per week for Mrs. for much fatigue. and excepting that she sat with salts in her hand. and Mrs. but it was very generally agreed that 55 . no. materially the smallest of a not very robust family. on Mrs. had not once sat down during the space of seven hours. a joyful sight and full of speculation. by her own account. Diana. the whole evening as incessantly as Diana. took drops two or three times from one out of several phials already at home on the mantelpiece and made a great many odd faces and contortions. she had also opened so many treaties with cooks. however. Griffiths. perhaps it might. would not have undertaken to cure by putting out the fire. in the boldness of her own good health. and having fancied him a very puny. She had had considerable curiosity to see Mr. and with no other look of an invalid than a sodden complexion. She talked. Her concluding effort in the cause had been a few polite lines of information to Mrs. but not its amount. Parker and Charlotte had seen two post chaises crossing the down to the hotel as they were setting off. and she was now regaling in the delight of opening the first trenches of an acquaintance with such a powerful discharge of unexpected obligation. opening the window and disposing of the drops and the salts by means of one or the other. and was still the most alert of the three. Mr. and Arthur had found the air so cold that he had merely walked from one house to the other as nimbly as he could. whose exercise had been too domestic to admit of calculation but who. for not only had she . they could distinguish from their window that there was an arrival at the hotel. confessed herself a little tired. Charlotte could perceive no symptoms of illness which she. Griffiths herself. was astonished to find him quite as tall as his brother and a great deal stouter. The Miss Parkers and Arthur had also seen something. Diana was evidently the chief of the family . housemaids. Griffiths' business or their own. Griffiths would have little more to do on her arrival than to wave her hand and collect them around her for choice. She had been too successful. however. bringing two heavy boxes herself. time not allowing for the circuitous train of intelligence which had been hitherto kept up. Arthur Parker. Their visitors answered for two hack chaises. and boasted much of sitting by the fire until he had cooked up a very good one. Could it be the Camberwell seminary? No. delicate-looking young man. washerwomen and bathing women that Mrs.
" said he." "I like the air too. and Mrs. 36 56 . Mr. as his brother. who felt the decided want of some motive for action. I suppose?" "Not at all. I am sure. It gives me the rheumatism. I am not afraid of anything so much as damp." A "hack" or hired chaise is a carriage of any type that is hired for the journey rather than owned by the family. after some removals to look at the sea and the hotel." "That's a great blessing. Such was the influence of youth and bloom that he began even to make a sort of apology for having a fire. and while the other four were chiefly engaged together. You are not rheumatic. who was sitting next to the fire with a degree of enjoyment which gave a good deal of merit to his civility in wishing her to take his chair. Parker used in Chapter One was probably a hack chaise. Arthur was heavy in eye as well as figure but by no means indisposed to talk. It has always some property that is wholesome and invigorating to me. as well as anybody can. requiring in common politeness some attention. some powerful object of animation for him. nerves are the worst part of my complaints in my opinion." replied Arthur.two hack chaises36 could never contain a seminary. There was nothing dubious in her manner of declining it and he sat down again with much satisfaction." said Charlotte." "I am so fortunate. a damp air does not like me." "I am very nervous." "You are quite in the right to doubt it as long as you possibly can. To say the truth. "but the sea air is always damp. "as never to know whether the air is damp or dry. "We should not have had one at home. When they were all finally seated. I have no idea that I am. but I doubt it. But perhaps you are nervous?" "No. My sisters think me bilious. he evidently felt it no penance to have a fine young woman next to him. observed with considerable pleasure. Charlotte's place was by Arthur. given that the carriage was "not his master’s own". But. Parker was confident of another new family. The carriage that Mr. I believe not. unluckily. She drew back her chair to have all the advantage of his person as a screen and was very thankful for every inch of back and shoulders beyond her preconceived idea. "I am very fond of standing at an open window when there is no wind.
"If I were bilious," he continued, "you know, wine would disagree with me, but it always does me good. The more wine I drink - in moderation - the better I am. I am always best of an evening. If you had seen me today before dinner, you would have thought me a very poor creature." Charlotte could believe it. She kept her countenance, however, and said, "As far as I can understand what nervous complaints are, I have a great idea of the efficacy of air and exercise for them - daily, regular exercise - and I should recommend rather more of it to you than I suspect you are in the habit of taking." "Oh, I am very fond of exercise myself," he replied, "and I mean to walk a great deal while I am here, if the weather is temperate. I shall be out every morning before breakfast and take several turns upon the Terrace, and you will often see me at Trafalgar House." "But you do not call a walk to Trafalgar House much exercise?" "Not as to mere distance, but the hill is so steep! Walking up that hill, in the middle of the day, would throw me into such a perspiration! You would see me all in a bath by the time I got there! I am very subject to perspiration, and there cannot be a surer sign of nervousness." They were now advancing so deep in physics that Charlotte viewed the entrance of the servant with the tea things as a very fortunate interruption. It produced a great and immediate change. The young man's attentions were instantly lost. He took his own cocoa from the tray, which seemed provided with almost as many teapots as there were persons in company - Miss Parker drinking one sort of herb tea and Miss Diana another - and turning completely to the fire, sat coddling and cooking it to his own satisfaction and toasting some slices of bread, brought up ready-prepared in the toast rack; and until it was all done, she heard nothing of his voice but the murmuring of a few broken sentences of self-approbation and success. When his toils were over, however, he moved back his chair into as gallant a line as ever, and proved that he had not been working only for himself by his earnest invitation to her to take both cocoa and toast. She was already helped to tea - which surprised him, so totally self-engrossed had he been. "I thought I should have been in time," said he, "but cocoa takes a great deal of boiling."
"I am much obliged to you," replied Charlotte. "But I prefer tea." "Then I will help myself," said he. "A large dish of rather weak cocoa every evening agrees with me better than anything." It struck her, however, as he poured out this rather weak cocoa, that it came forth in a very fine, dark-colored stream; and at the same moment, his sisters both crying out, "Oh, Arthur, you get your cocoa stronger and stronger every evening," with Arthur's somewhat conscious reply of "'Tis rather stronger than it should be tonight," convinced her that Arthur was by no means so fond of being starved as they could desire or as he felt proper himself. He was certainly very happy to turn the conversation on dry toast and hear no more of his sisters. "I hope you will eat some of this toast," said he. "I reckon myself a very good toaster. I never burn my toasts, I never put them too near the fire at first. And yet, you see, there is not a corner but what is well-browned. I hope you like dry toast." "With a reasonable quantity of butter spread over it, very much," said Charlotte, "but not otherwise." "No more do I," said he, exceedingly pleased. "We think quite alike there. So far from dry toast being wholesome, I think it a very bad thing for the stomach. Without a little butter to soften it, it hurts the coats of the stomach. I am sure it does. I will have the pleasure of spreading some for you directly, and afterwards I will spread some for myself. Very bad indeed for the coats of the stomach - but there is no convincing some people. It irritates and acts like a nutmeg grater." He could not get command of the butter, however, without a struggle; his sisters accusing him of eating a great deal too much and declaring he was not to be trusted, and he maintaining that he only ate enough to secure the coats of his stomach, and besides, he only wanted it now for Miss Heywood. Such a plea must prevail. He got the butter and spread away for her with an accuracy of judgment which at least delighted himself. But when her toast was done and he took his own in hand, Charlotte could hardly contain herself as she saw him watching his sisters while he scrupulously scraped off almost as much butter as he put on, and then seizing an odd moment for adding a great dab just before it went into his mouth. Certainly, Mr. Arthur Parker's enjoyments in invalidism were very different from his sisters' - by no means so spiritualized. A good deal of earthy dross
hung about him. Charlotte could not but suspect him of adopting that line of life principally for the indulgence of an indolent temper, and to be determined on having no disorders but such as called for warm rooms and good nourishment. In one particular, however, she soon found that he had caught something from them. "What!" said he. "Do you venture upon two dishes of strong green tea in one evening? What nerves you must have! How I envy you. Now, if I were to swallow only one such dish, what do you think its effect would be upon me?" "Keep you awake perhaps all night," replied Charlotte, meaning to overthrow his attempts at surprise by the grandeur of her own conceptions. "Oh, if that were all!" he exclaimed. "No. It acts on me like poison and would entirely take away the use of my right side before I had swallowed it five minutes. It sounds almost incredible, but it has happened to me so often that I cannot doubt it. The use of my right side is entirely taken away for several hours!" "It sounds rather odd to be sure," answered Charlotte coolly, "but I dare say it would be proved to be the simplest thing in the world by those who have studied right sides and green tea scientifically and thoroughly understand all the possibilities of their action on each other." Soon after tea, a letter was brought to Miss Diana Parker from the hotel. "From Mrs. Charles Dupuis," said she, "some private hand," and having read a few lines, exclaimed aloud, "Well, this is very extraordinary! Very extraordinary indeed! That both should have the same name. Two Mrs. Griffiths! This is a letter of recommendation and introduction to me of the lady from Camberwell - and her name happens to be Griffiths too." A few more lines, however, and the color rushed into her cheeks and with much perturbation, she added, "The oddest thing that ever was! A Miss Lambe too! A young West Indian of large fortune. But it cannot be the same. Impossible that it should be the same." She read the letter aloud for comfort. It was merely to introduce the bearer, Mrs. Griffiths from Camberwell, and the three young ladies under her care to Miss Diana Parker's notice. Mrs. Griffiths, being a stranger at Sanditon, was anxious for a respectable introduction; and Mrs. Charles Dupuis, therefore, at the instance of the intermediate friend, provided her with this letter, knowing that she could not do her
60 . An accidental resemblance of names and circumstances. and so it was settled. Miss Diana herself derived an immediate advantage to counterbalance her perplexity. "Mrs. Griffiths' chief solicitude would be for the accommodation and comfort of one of the young ladies under her care. such a totally distinct set of people as were concerned in the reports of each made that matter quite certain. involved nothing really incredible. a Miss Lambe. She must put her shawl over her shoulders and be running about again.dear Diana a greater kindness than by giving her the means of being useful. she must instantly repair to the hotel to investigate the truth and offer her services. however striking at first. There must be two families. a young West Indian of large fortune in delicate health." It was very strange! Very remarkable! Very extraordinary! But they were all agreed in determining it to be impossible that there should not be two families. Impossible to be otherwise. "Impossible" and "Impossible" were repeated over and over again with great fervor. Tired as she was.
Charles Dupuis's neighbor. an expensive house on her hands for a week must have been some of her immediate reflections. Miss Capper. however. and the subject had supplied letters and extracts and messages enough to make everything appear what it was not. Mrs.Chapter 11 IT WOULD NOT DO. Her intimate friends must be officious like herself. She was about seventeen. as she paid in proportion to her fortune. half mulatto. and indeed of all. 61 . seemed to trouble her for long. and was always of the first consequence in every plan of Mrs. Not all that the whole Parker race could say among themselves could produce a happier catastrophe than that the family from Surrey and the family from Camberwell were one and the same. Griffiths who. a brother disappointed. was the very same Mrs. and who was without fears or difficulties. genteel kind of woman. Darling. had a maid of her own. She had several more under her care than the three who were now come to Sanditon. All that had the appearance of incongruity in the reports of the two might very fairly be placed to the account of the vanity. Charles Dupuis and Mrs. the ignorance or the blunders of the many engaged in the cause by the vigilance and caution of Miss Diana Parker. Griffiths as alert as ever. There were so many to share in the shame and the blame that probably. there might be a mere trifle of reproach remaining for herself. when she had divided out their proper portions to Mrs. The rich West Indians and the young ladies' seminary had all entered Sanditon in those two hack chaises. Griffiths. chilly and tender. Mrs. and much worse than all the rest must have been the sensation of being less clear-sighted and infallible than she had believed herself. Miss Lambe was beyond comparison the most important and precious. but the others all happened to be absent. she was seen all the following morning walking about after lodgings with Mrs. Griffiths was a very well-behaved. who supported herself by receiving such great girls and young ladies as wanted either masters for finishing their education or a home for beginning their displays. No part of it. Of these three. Griffiths whose plans were at the same period (under another representation) perfectly decided. Miss Diana probably felt a little awkward on being first obliged to admit her mistake. Darling's hands. The Mrs. At any rate. was to have the best room in the lodgings. in her friend Mrs. had wavered as to coming and been unequal to the journey. Fanny Noyce. A long journey from Hampshire taken for nothing.
very elegant and very secluded. and to both. whom she had been asking for. And the object of all was to captivate some man of much better fortune than their own. 62 . which a cousin of her own had a property in. here was the very young lady. How it might answer with regard to the baronet remained to be proved but. In Miss Lambe. retired place like Sanditon on Miss Lambe's account. their time being divided between such pursuits as might attract admiration. And except in favor of some tonic pills. Miss Lambe was "under the constant care of an experienced physician. sickly and rich. on Miss Beaufort's side.to the prevalence of which rotatory motion is perhaps to be attributed the giddiness and false steps of many. they were some of the first in every change of fashion. of praise and celebrity from all who walked within the sound of her instrument. though naturally preferring anything to smallness and retirement. Mrs. Griffiths had preferred a small. they meant to be very economical. she soon found that all her calculations of profit would be vain. as to the animals. and those labors and expedients of dexterous ingenuity by which they could dress in a style much beyond what they ought to have afforded. with the hope. Griffiths besides attention to the Parkers. and she made the acquaintance for Sir Edward's sake and the sake of her milch asses. for everybody must now "move in a circle" . were just such young ladies as may be met with in at least one family out of three throughout the kingdom. showy figures. Griffiths never deviated from the strict medicinal page. Griffiths to Miss Diana Parker secured them immediately an acquaintance with the Trafalgar House family and with the Denhams. Lady Denham had other motives for calling on Mrs. Mrs. and on Miss Letitia's. an upright decided carriage and an assured look. the consolation of meaning to be the most stylish girls in the place. The particular introduction of Mrs. and the Miss Beauforts were soon satisfied with "the circle in which they moved in Sanditon.The other girls. were constrained to be satisfied with Sanditon also until their circumstances were retrieved. having in the course of the spring been involved in the inevitable expense of six new dresses each for a three days' visit. They had tolerable complexions. Griffiths would not allow Miss Lambe to have the smallest symptom of a decline or any complaint which asses' milk could possibly relieve. There." and his prescriptions must be their rule. with the hire of a harp for one and the purchase of some drawing paper for the other and all the finery they could already command. of curiosity and rapture in all who came near her while she sketched. Mrs. two Miss Beauforts. they were very accomplished and very ignorant. and the Miss Beauforts." to use a proper phrase.
A little novelty has a great effect in so small a place. attracted many an eye upwards and made many a gazer gaze again. The Miss Beauforts. long before they had suited themselves with an instrument or with drawing paper. or look at nothing through a telescope. could not move here without notice. who would have been nothing at Brighton. to arrange a flower pot on the balcony. there could not have been a more favorable spot for the seclusion of the Miss Beauforts. they had.though it was half a quarter of a mile round about and added two steps to the ascent of the hill. And even Mr. or open the blinds. by the frequency of their appearance at the low windows upstairs in order to close the blinds. always quitted the Terrace in his way to his brother's by this corner house for the sake of a glimpse of the Miss Beauforts . 63 . And accordingly. though little disposed for supernumerary exertion.The corner house of the Terrace was the one in which Miss Diana Parker had the pleasure of settling her new friends. Arthur Parker. and considering that it commanded in front the favorite lounge of all the visitors at Sanditon. and on one side whatever might be going on at the hotel.
when once she is prevailed on to undraw her purse." cried Miss Diana Parker. "I think you had better mention the poor Mullins's situation and sound her Ladyship as to a subscription for them. their earnest application to me. And I look upon her to be the sort of person who.it is a sort of tax upon all that come. Nothing can be more simple. would as readily give ten guineas as five. "It is impossible you can be really at a loss. if she is properly attacked. provided it meet with her approbation.the establishment of a charitable repository at Burton-on-Trent. You will not dislike speaking to her about it." said Mr. whom some friends of mine are exceedingly interested about.Chapter 12 CHARLOTTE had been ten days at Sanditon without seeing Sanditon House. at a more early hour." replied his wife. who did not mean to go with them. There is a poor woman in Worcestershire." "The easiest thing in the world. If you would mention the circumstance to Lady Denham! Lady Denham can give. if you find her in a giving mood. that nothing might be neglected of attention to Lady Denham or amusement to Charlotte. I am not fond of charitable subscriptions in a place of this kind . who happened to be calling on them at the moment. I will thank you to mention a very melancholy case to Lady Denham which has been represented to me in the most affecting terms. "All said and done in less time than you have been talking of it now. therefore. Parker. and my being willing to promote a little subscription for their relief. And therefore. Mary?" "I will do whatever you wish me. You have only to state the present afflicted situation of the family. And then there is the family of the poor man who was hung last assizes at York. the sooner the better. And while you are on the subject of subscriptions. "but you would do it so much better yourself. "And if you should find a favorable opening. and Lady Denham's name at the head of the list will be a very necessary beginning. though we really have raised the sum we wanted for 64 . But now it was to be more resolutely undertaken. I shall not know what to say. Yet as their distress is very great and I almost promised the poor woman yesterday to get something done for her." "My dear Mary. you might as well speak in favor of another charity which I and a few more have very much at heart . every attempt at calling on Lady Denham having been defeated by meeting with her beforehand. I believe we must set a subscription on foot. and I have undertaken to collect whatever I can for her. my love." he cried. Mary. and.
for Susan is to have leeches at one o'clock . indeed. poor thing. 37 38 A light. But in five minutes I must be at Mrs. for if he stays up by himself he will certainly eat and drink more than he ought." His application thus withdrawn. But you see. open four-wheeled carriage pulled by two horses. "I will not trouble you to speak about the Mullins’s. Mrs. and when the leeches have done. 65 . It appeared at different moments to be everything from a gig to a phaeton37. I dare say we shall both go to our rooms for the rest of the day. phaetons were typically associated with flashy young men. I know how little it suits you to be pressing matters upon a mind at all unwilling. it may as well be done. that I promised to come and keep up her spirits and go in the machine with her if she wished it." "I am sorry to hear it. he will go to bed too. one following the other. yet if you can get a guinea from her on their behalf. "It is Uncle Sidney. Parker was delighted at this release and set off very happy with her friend and her little girl on this walk to Sanditon House. I will take an opportunity of seeing Lady Denham myself. it is indeed. as he felt all their impropriety and all the certainty of their ill effect upon his own better claim. how impossible it is for me to go with you to Lady Denham's. little Mary's young eyes distinguished the coachman and she eagerly called out. "I could no more mention these things to Lady Denham than I could fly." "Upon second thoughts. from one horse to four. And as soon as that is over. Mama. A two-wheeled carriage pulled by two horses. misty morning and. She is so frightened. Mary. his sister could say no more in support of hers. I must hurry home. Mary. and just as they were concluding in favor of a tandem38. they could not for some time make out what sort of carriage it was which they saw coming up.putting them all out. Besides that. But if this is the case I hope Arthur will come to us. Therefore I really have not a moment to spare. Griffiths' to encourage Miss Lambe in taking her first dip." "Where's the difficulty? I wish I could go with you myself." And so it proved.which will be a three hours' business. which was his object. between ourselves. Parker." said her husband." "My dear Diana!" exclaimed Mrs. I ought to be in bed myself at this present time for I am hardly able to stand. It was a close. when they reached the brow of the hill." "If Arthur takes my advice.
as soon as they entered the enclosure. The road to Sanditon House was a broad. and through one of these. for there were vacant spaces. Privacy was certainly their object. The fence was a proper park paling in excellent condition. The manners of the Parkers were always pleasant among themselves. and they all stopped for a few minutes. but the hotel must be his quarters. in spite of the mist . leading at the end of a quarter of a mile through second gates into grounds which. that an outside fence was at first almost pressing on the road. had all the beauty and respectability which an abundance of very fine timber could give. handsome. caught a glimpse over the pales of something white and womanish in the field on the other side. very good-looking. He was expecting to be joined there by a friend or two. He was "just come from Eastbourne proposing to spend two or three days. They were sitting so near each other and appeared so closely engaged in gentle conversation that Charlotte instantly felt she had nothing to do but to step back again and say not a word. was soon opposite to them. It was something which immediately brought Miss Brereton into her head. Sidney Parker was about seven or eight and twenty. so near to one of its boundaries. And they parted to meet again within a few hours. Parker entered into all her husband's joy on the occasion and exulted in the credit which Sidney's arrival would give to the place. with clusters of fine elms or rows of old thorns following its line almost everywhere. driving his servant in a very neat carriage. with a decided air of ease and fashion and a lively countenance. "Almost" must be stipulated. It could not but strike 66 . with kind notice of little Mary. Sidney Parker. and stepping to the pales.and very decidedly.Mr. and a very well-bred bow and proper address to Miss Heywood on her being named to him. This adventure afforded agreeable discussion for some time. though not extensive. Mrs. and it was a very friendly meeting between Sidney and his sister-in-law. however. This he declined. as it might happen. and Sir Edward Denham by her side. who was most kindly taking it for granted that he was on his way to Trafalgar House. at Sanditon". she saw indeed . These entrance gates were so much in a corner of the grounds or paddock. planted approach between fields.Miss Brereton seated. apparently very composedly. The rest was common inquiries and remarks. until an angle here and a curve there threw them to a better distance. Charlotte.Miss Brereton seated not far before her at the foot of the bank which sloped down from the outside of the paling and which a narrow path seemed to skirt along .
caught the eye immediately. and that one among many miniatures in another part of the room. If Charlotte had not been considerably the taller of the two. She was glad to perceive that nothing had been discerned by Mrs. Hollis! It was impossible not to feel him hardly used: to be obliged to stand back in his own house and see the best place by the fire constantly occupied by Sir Harry Denham. placed over the mantelpiece. Two servants appeared to admit them and everything had a suitable air of property and order: Lady Denham valued herself upon her liberal establishment and had great enjoyment in the order and importance of her style of living. and a great thickness of air to aid them as well! Yet here she had seen them. Charlotte had leisure to look about her and to be told by Mrs. Parker that the whole-length portrait of a stately gentleman which. but hers was a situation which must not be judged with severity. THE END 67 . The house was large and handsome. Charlotte could not but think of the extreme difficulty which secret lovers must have in finding a proper spot for their stolen interviews. a steep bank and pales never crossed by the foot of man at their back. though it was furniture rather originally good and extremely well-kept than new or showy. Poor Mr. wellproportioned and well-furnished. Parker. was the picture of Sir Henry Denham. They were shown into the usual sitting room. represented Mr. Miss Brereton's white ribbons might not have fallen within the ken of her more observant eyes. Among other points of moralizing reflection which the sight of this tête-á-tête produced. Hollis.the whole field open before them. And as Lady Denham was not there. Here perhaps they had thought themselves so perfectly secure from observation . little conspicuous. They were really ill-used.her rather unfavorably with regard to Clara.
A. She is a sucker for happy endings. D.A. in Shakespeare Studies from The Shakespeare Institute. in English from Amherst College and an M. She earned a B.ABOUT THE EDITOR Katharine K.C. UK. Liu is a Shakespeare scholar and dramaturge from Washington. Twitter: KatharineKLiu LinkedIn: KatharineKLiu 68 . and has studied Jane Austen at the University of Oxford. Stratford-upon-Avon.
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